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Flipkart’s of India to help create ‘missing jobs’: HSBC report
Indian e-commerce companies will have to pick up the slack left by traditional sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and services in employment generation over the next 10 years, according to the British bank HSBC Holdings Plc. India needs to generate a total of 80 million jobs by 2025, double that in the last 10 years. Taking into account both demand and supply of jobs, existing labour-intensive sectors like agriculture and services may not be able to meet the entire demand, HSBC analysts Mr. Pranjul Bhandari and Mr. Prithviraj Srinivas wrote in a note. “Armed with both demand and supply for new jobs, we find that without e-commerce, India would have 24 million missing jobs. With a potential of creating 12 million new jobs in ten years, e-commerce fills half of this shortfall,” the research note said. “With the rise of online purchases, e-commerce could create 20 million gross jobs across logistics and delivery (70%), and customer care, IT & management (30%). Some jobs will be lost in bricks-and-mortar stores. We model this carefully and find that, on net, e-commerce could create 12 million new jobs,” the note added. E-commerce currently employs less than a million people and a lion’s share of these are in logistics and warehousing, the note estimates.
Source : 27-07-16   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
TCS top employer in IT industry, says Nasscom
Software services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been ranked as the top employer in the Indian IT industry by the representative body Nasscom. The Mumbai-based firm was followed by its peers Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro and Capgemini, Nasscom said in a statement. Though Cognizant is a US-based IT firm, it has the largest number of employees in India with development centres in Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. At the end of June, 2016, TCS had a total headcount of 3.62 lakh while Infosys and Wipro had 1.97 lakh and 1.73 lakh, respectively. Others in the top 10 include HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Genpact, Intelenet Global Services and Aegis. The top 20 includes Hinduja Global Solutions, CSC India, WNS Global Services, Syntel, Mphasis, EXL, L&T Infotech, Firstsource Solutions, MindTree and CGI. The Indian IT-BPM industry’s employee base has reached a total of 3.7 million with an addition of 2 lakh employees in 2015-16. About 1.1 million jobs were added in the last 5 years, according to another Nasscom report. Nearly 1.3 million employed in the sector are women.
Source : 25-07-16   Firstpost.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
As the purse strings tighten, Flipkart to lay off 700-1,000 non-performers
India’s largest e-commerce player, Flipkart, is downsizing its workforce as it looks to cut costs and better compete with global rival Amazon. The move will affect between 700-1,000 staffers or up to 3.3% of its workforce, according to a report. Flipkart, which has come under the gaze of investors for burning cash, is trying to find a balance between growth (to ward off Amazon) and profitability. Recently, the company made several changes to this effect, including increasing margins the margins its charges from sellers. At the same time, Amazon has committed to invest a further $3 billion in its India operations over the next few years, aiming to become the leader in India’s e-commerce space. The US firm is estimated to have already edged out local player Snapdeal and is seen as closing in on Flipkart. However, Flipkart says that the downsizing is part of its annual employee performance review where underperformers are asked to leave or will be let go. It claims that it loses between 1-2% of its workforce during this time each year, and that it isn’t something to be alarmed of. “At times, we have employees who do not meet the performance bar. In those situations we work closely with employees to enable them to improve their performance. In due course, if these employees are unable to make the desired progress, they are encouraged to seek opportunities outside the company,” said a Flipkart spokesperson. With a staff of 30,000 people, Flipkart has one of the largest workforces among Indian e-commerce companies.
Source : 29-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Ex-Myntra Finance Head Mr. Prabhakar Sunder joins Voonik as CFO
Fashion marketplace Voonik has appointed rival Myntra’s former Finance Head Mr. Prabhakar Sunder as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Prabhakar Sunder brings over 15 years of experience in capital raising, corporate finance, financial reporting and compliance, treasury and fund management, etc. “With more than a decade of experience with core e- commerce business platforms, Mr. Sunder has a proven track-record of maintaining lean and healthy financial operations and providing strategic guidance to top ventures. We are certain that his expertise will provide the necessary impetus to Voonik s growth,” Mr. Sujayath Ali, the CEO & founder of Voonik.com, said.
Source : 27-07-16   Moneycontrol.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Microsoft to cut 2,850 more jobs
Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 per cent of its workforce. The company said in May it would cut 1,850 jobs in its smartphone business, most of them in Finland. Microsoft bought Finland-based handset maker Nokia in 2014 in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Chief Executive Mr. s Satya Nadella, who took the helm just two months before the deal closed, has since focused on restructuring the struggling phone business. Microsoft had about 114,000 full-time employees as of June 30.
Source : 29-07-16   Indiatoday.intoday.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint MD at Hero MotoCorp, to step down
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, joint managing director at Hero MotoCorp will step down from his position next month to ‘pursue new business interests’. Mr. Munjal is the brother of Mr. Pawan Munjal, the chairman, managing director and chief executive officer of the company. “Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, JMD, Hero MotoCorp, and chairman, Hero Corporate Service, intends to focus his time and energy on his independent and core businesses, and to pursue new business interests. He has, therefore, expressed his desire to step down from the Board of Directors, once his tenure comes to an end on August 16, 2016,” the company said in a communication to stock exchanges. Hero said this realignment will not impact the overall promoter shareholding, strategic direction or operational management of the company. “We will continue to work in the best interest of all stakeholders of Hero MotoCorp, including shareholders, employees, suppliers and business associates,” the statement said.
Source : 28-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
SBI chief Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya set to get 1-yr extension
The government is likely to extend the tenure of State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya by a year to ensure smooth merger of the bank’s five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, said finance ministry sources. Ms. Bhattacharya’s three-year tenure at the helm of the country’s largest lender by assets began on October, 2013. Currently, the SBI brass comprises the chairman and four managing directors — Mr. B Sriram, Mr. VG Kannan, Mr. Rajnish Kumar and Mr. PK Gupta. Officials said an extension to Ms. Bhattacharya would help the government complete the merger process of SBI within the current fiscal. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet is expected to take a final decision on the extension of Ms. Bhattacharya’s tenure soon. On June 15, the Cabinet gave an in-principle approval to SBI’s proposal for the merger, which would place it among the world’s top 50 banks in terms of assets. After working out the scheme of amalgamation, SBI would soon seek the final approval from the Cabinet. The merger will result in a consolidated entity commanding a deposit base of over R21.5 lakh crore or nearly a fifth of the banking system’s total deposit base of R97 lakh crore. “The merger of SBI and its associate banks is a win-win for both. While the network of SBI would stand to increase, its reach would multiply. One can expect efficiencies to be created from rationalisation of branches, common treasury pooling and proper deployment of a large skilled resource base,” Ms. Bhattacharya said after the Cabinet approved the merger last month. While mergers of banks have traditionally been opposed by employee unions, Ms. Bhattacharya, who is said to have a good rapport with the unions, could help convince them of the benefits.
Source : 28-07-16   Financialexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Jaikishin Chhaproo quits as Media head at Snapdeal
Mr. Jaikishin Chhaproo will be moving on as Media Head at Snapdeal, confirm sources. Chhaproo leverages around 20 years of experience – panning FMCG, Telecom, Broadcast, E-commerce in India & Middle East Markets. He has handled Media requirements at Nokia MENA, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Snapdeal, Godrej and Wipro. He has also spear- headed Marketing for STAR Middle East (a NewsCorp company) & Strategy & Research for MCCS (ABP News, Ananda, Majha – erstwhile STAR News, Ananda & Majha). His next destination remains unknown as of now.
Source : 28-07-16   Exchange4media.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Indian women to soon get 6 months maternity leave, work from home option after leave!
Maternity leaves in India were fixed at 12 weeks with female employees generally utilising their excess leaves after that or choosing to take a break from their career if they wanted more time with their babies. However, 3 months seems like a paltry time and also, it makes bonding with the child difficult as the mother is hardly home and the baby is with either the relatives or a nanny. There are newer and mom-friendly provisions in the latest Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 prepared by the Cabinet keeping in mind the working mother and their problems. According to the new provisions, the amount of leaves will be increased to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks. That’s more than double the leaves. The current leaves come to 3 months whereas, after the new provisions, the women will get slightly over 6 months. Also, the new, upgraded act has the option of moms being able to work from home where their profiles permit them. There’s no lower or upper limit of leaves set by the government on the work from home option and the option will depend completely on the woman and the organisation. The organisation can refuse the work from home option if the profile does not permit it. Also, for women who are having a baby through surrogacy or adopting a child younger than 3 months old, can avail a leave for 12 weeks. The 26 week policy does not apply to women who already have 2 kids. The new policy also mandates that each organisation with over 50 employees have a crèche or team up with other organisations in their vicinity and have a combined crèche where the mothers can leave their kids when they work. Also, the employee must grant mothers availing crèche services at least 4 breaks in a day to visit the crèche. Also, mothers who have just given birth will be provided breaks and rest periods so that work does not take a toll on their bodies and thus, on their babies too.
Source : 25-07-16   India.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
New RBI governor announcement unlikely before August review, Mr. Kaushik Basu in frame
The Indian government has scaled back the urgency of its search for a new central bank governor, sources said, with a replacement to Mr. Raghuram Rajan now likely to be named only after he chairs his final policy meeting on August 9. Two government sources with direct knowledge of the matter also said Mr. Kaushik Basu, who is stepping down as the World Bank’s chief economist, had made it onto a shortlist of candidates to take over when Mr. Rajan’s term expires on September 4. Mr. Rajan announced in June that he would not be seeking a second term, stunning investors who had accorded him “rock-star” status as the former International Monetary Fund chief economist who saw the global financial crash coming. Anxious to reassure investors following Mr. Rajan’s shock exit announcement, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s team initially wanted to identify a replacement in time for Mr. Rajan’s last bi-monthly policy meeting. Now, one senior government official said that Mr. Rajan’s successor is likely to be named afterwards to a temporary post at the Reserve Bank of India as a stepping stone to formally assuming office – as was the case with Mr. Rajan’s own appointment in 2013. “I find it difficult to think that the new governor will be appointed (before the policy meeting) – the governor in place would become a lame duck,” said the official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The official said the timing of an announcement is yet to be fixed. Also still in contention are RBI deputy governor Mr. Urjit Patel, former deputy governor Mr. Subir Gokarn and State Bank of India Chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya. A close aide to Mr. Modi said it is preferable for Mr. Rajan to see out his three-year term before his successor formally assumes the role.
Source : 30-11-99   Indianexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Air India on a hiring spree, to recruit 2,000 crew members likely by 2019
To meet the carrier’s expanding fleet, state-owned carrier, Air India said that it would recruit 500 pilots and more than 1,500 cabin crew in next two to three years. According to the officials, nearly 150 pilots are expected to complete their training by December 2016 and start flying on various routes. “We are planning to have 700 more pilots in the next two to three years keeping in view the fleet expansion. From last August till now, we have already recruited 250 pilots. So about 500 more pilots we are going to recruit. Advertisement for 400 pilots has already been floated,” said AI’s General Manager (Operations), Mr. N Sivaramakirshnan. “We have plans to have cabin crew of 3,000 personnel. Beside the existing number, we are planning to take 1,500 more in the next two to three years,” he said. He further added that in 2015, Air India had planned to hire about 200 trainee pilots. However, only 78 of those completed their training. Air India has about 858 pilots and the beleaguered airlines has lost around 100 pilots to other airlines since 2014.
Source : 28-07-16   Newindianexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
NDMC to implement 7th Pay Commission despite financial crunch
Despite facing a financial crunch, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has decided to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees. “After the notification of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission by the Centre, it has been decided that the NDMC would also implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees as it is,” NDMC Standing Committee Chairman Mr. Pravesh Wahi said. “We hope this would boost the morale and improve efficiency of the employees,” he said. The matter would soon come up in the NDMC House and sources said it is likely to be cleared by it. “The civic body had made a provision for implementing it in its budget. And, now it will come up before the Standing Committee and is likely to get cleared by it and the House,” a civic official said. “Although we are facing a financial crunch yet this decision has been taken keeping in view the interest of the employees,” Mr. Wahi said. He claimed, once the process is completed, the NDMC would be the first local body to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “Employees of the corporation have to work under pressure, besides facing situations arising due to financial position, yet they work in the interest of citizens. Hence, it has been decided in their interest. And, we hope, this would certainly improve our services too,” Mr. Wahi said.
Source : 28-07-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Lloyds to cut 3,000 jobs, close more branches after Brexit shock
Lloyds Banking Group is to step up its cost cutting plans to help to offset a more testing economic environment caused by Britain`s vote to quit the European Union. Britain`s largest retail bank aims to save 400 million pounds ($528.56 million) by end-2017 by axing a further 3,000 jobs and closing an additional 200 branches to protect its earnings and dividends against the effects of lower-for-longer interest rates. Lloyds, rescued in a 20.5 billion pound taxpayer bail-out during the financial crisis, is the first major British bank to report results since the referendum and is the most exposed to any downturn in the British economy. Chief Executive Officer Mr. Antonio Horta-Osório is searching for ways to prop up Lloyds` dividend, one of its key attractions, and sustain profit growth in its main UK consumer and commercial lending market, still reeling from the Brexit result on June 24. “While the business will remain highly capital generative, it is possible that this capital generation may be somewhat lower in future years than previously guided,” the bank said in a statement. So far this year, Lloyds has already said it would cut about 4,000 positions from its 75,000-strong workforce and has closed nearly 100 branches this year. The bank said it would look to sell off unwanted properties to increase income. “Lloyds remains a no growth bank,” Mr. Ian Gordon, an analyst at Investec, said. “Its revenue outlook is flattish, hence its costs need to fall faster.”
Source : 28-07-16   Zeenews.india.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Yahoo suddenly in a hiring frenzy despite layoffs and the sale of its company
July 18 was a big day at Yahoo: it announced its second quarter earnings and took the final bids for the auction of its core business, which eventually sold to Verizon. But it appears that day marked the start of a new trend at Yahoo as well: a massive hiring spree. According to Yahoo’s US careers page, the company posted 76 new job openings on July 18. Two days later, on July 20, it posted a whopping 151 new job openings. And after announcing its sale to Verizon, Yahoo’s posted 23, 20, and 15 new job openings over each of the past three days. That’s a big increase from the previous two months, during which time Yahoo’s careers page has not had a single day in which it posted a double-digit number of new jobs in the US. It’s unclear what’s driving this change, but it’s a strange development given the fact that Yahoo’s going through a 15% workforce reduction plan and a massive reorganization simultaneously as a result of its sale to Verizon. Most of the jobs are located in Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters, with a heavy focus on engineering. A lot of the jobs require experience in mobile and ad technology, the two areas Yahoo’s been investing in more heavily lately. The sudden uptick in the number of new jobs could be interpreted in a lot of different ways. It could be a sign of high turnover and Yahoo filling up those empty positions. It could also be a result of Yahoo replacing less productive jobs with newly created positions focused on its higher growth areas. Maybe it’s just a sign of Yahoo pushing forward with some of its previous plans. Or it could simply be a backlog of job openings being pushed out after a pre-determined date.
Source : 30-11-99   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Cyanogen to Cut Jobs as Part of Major Revamp, may pivot to Apps: Reports
Cyanogen Inc., the company that once wanted to take Android away from Google, is said to be falling apart. Multiple reports suggest that the company is undergoing a major revamp and cutting jobs. According to a report, the company is conducting layoff where it is asking roughly 30 out of the 136 people to leave – that’s about 20 percent of entire workforce. The report says that the layoffs are being conducted by Mr.vSteve Kondik, the Co-Founder and CTO of Cyanogen. The biggest impact of the layoffs has been on the team behind the Cyanogen OS commercial distribution, and not those involved with the Cyanogen Mod project. The report adds, “The systems and QA teams in Palo Alto and Seattle have been heavily cut, with Cyanogen’s smaller offices in Lisbon and India reportedly being essentially gutted.” Notably, the community driven Cyanogen has also not spared community support members as they were allegedly also removed. There are rumours that Cyanogen is looking to revamp its services and once of the sources hinted that the company may be involved in a “pivot to apps.” As of now, there is no word how the company will move to the new strategy but we can expect hear more from Cyanogen soon. Re/code in a separate report points out that Cyanogen will be working on the new strategy under the supervision of former Facebook employee Mr. Lior Tal, who has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. The report adds that several top executives have also moved out from the company in last few weeks. The sudden layoffs hint that Cyanogen despite having an eventful 2015 where the company announced rebranding alongside raising $80 million (approximately Rs. 497 crores) in funding has not been able to show results. The company also managed to strike a deal to get Microsoft’s apps preloaded on Cyanogen OS-based devices.
Source : 25-07-16   Gadgets.ndtv.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Alice in Wonderland Release Day? In 1951, Walt Disney’s film “Alice in Wonderland” was released. Based on the Alice books by Lewis Carroll, the film premiered in New York City and London. A new Alice in Wonderland film, directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, was released in 2010. Watch the classics today, original or remade!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Only by letting go of what stops us from growing can we put down new roots and truly flower.”

— Peg Streep

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Benefits from Launching of Foreign Satellite

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 20 satellites in a single launch mission onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV-C34’ on June 22, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In this mission, 17 foreign satellites (total weighing 555 kg) from 4 countries viz. Indonesia, Germany, Canada and USA were launched as co-passenger along with Indian primary payload CARTOSAT-2 series of satellite (weighing 727 kg) and 2 University/academic institute’s satellites (weighing 2.5 kg) namely SWAYAM (College of Engineering, Pune) & SATHYABAMASAT (Sathy… more »

PM condoles the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Indian social activist and writer Smt. Mahashweta Devi. “Mahashweta Devi wonderfully illustrated the might of the pen. A voice of compassion, equality and justice, she leaves us deeply saddened. RIP”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

‘Open Sky Policy’ agreement with SAARC countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
As per National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, Government has planned to enter into an ‘Open Sky’ Air Service Agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5000 km radius from New Delhi. Unlimited flights above the existing bilateral rights will be allowed directly to and from major airports within the country as notified by the Government time to time. However, the points of call at other airports under the existing Air Service Agreement will continue to be honoured till the same are renegotiated. This information was give… more »

Delhi NCR under severe Seismic Zone

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
As per Bureau of Indian Standards [IS-1893 (Part- 1): 2002], based on the past seismic history, Delhi lies in Zone-IV that has fairly high seismicity where the general occurrence of earthquakes is of 5-6 magnitude and occasionally of higher magnitude. Delhi lies among the high-risk areas. A state-of-the-art 16 station Seismic Telemetry System is already in operation by National Centre for Seismology (NCS) to detect and locate earthquakes in and around Delhi. The data generated by this network is useful in understanding the changing profile of seismicity and seismotect… more »

Exploration and Production of Atomic Minerals by Private Companies

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Reconnaissance Permit (RP), Prospecting License (PL), and Mining Lease (ML) leading to the production of some atomic minerals (minerals listed in Part B First Schedule of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957) especially in the beach sand environment was permitted by the Government as per the details of beach sand policy 1998 and related notifications under Atomic Energy Act, 1962. The recently issued Atomic Mineral Concession Rules, 2016 provides scope for such activities in areas below certain defined threshold values. The details of both atomic (Ilmenite, Rut… more »

‘C-ATFM’ To Decongestair Traffic at Airports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Airports Authority of India has initiated the process for installation of Central Air Traffic Flow Management (C-ATFM) at 06 metro airports -Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore and associated air spaces in the first phase. Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning (SITC) of first phase of C-AFTM project has been awarded with a total estimated cost of Rs.107Crores. C-ATFM is for the purpose of balancing the demand and capacity at airports and airspace. There is no implication on navigational facilities at Indian airports. This information was given by the Mi… more »

Prediction for above average Rainfall during Monsoon

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
During the current year (2016), above normal rainfall has been predicted by India Meteorological Department (IMD) as per the following: Quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal rainfall is likely to be 106% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of ± 5%. The LPA of the seasonal rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm. IMD has a well-established early warning system for monitoring and warning of severe weather events and associated heavy rainfall. Accordingly, watch/ alerts/ warnings of severe weather are issued regularly. IMD is also provi… more »

Special facilities to women for research work

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed that it has initiated several measures to promote enrolment of women in Ph.D and M.Phil. courses. The measures include lying down provisions in the UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for award of MPhil/Ph.D. for relaxing the maximum duration for completion of Ph.D or MPhil. by women candidates for a further two years and one year, respectively; allowing transfer of research data in case of relocation of an M.Phil/Ph.D woman scholar due to marriage or otherwise; and allowing women candidates maternity leave/child-care leave once i… more »

Suo Moto Statement of MOS (I/C) OF YOURH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS Shri Vijay Goel in Lok Sabha on 28 July, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
I wish to make a suo-moto statement in this august House on the intent of the Government to make the august house aware of facts of the matter relating to the case of Anti-Doping Rule Violation in respect of Narsingh Pancham Yadav, wrestler. 2. Narsingh Pancham Yadav won bronze medal in 2015 World Wrestling Championship .By virtue of this Medal, he won a quota place for India in 74 Kg freestyle wrestling event in Olympic 2016 to be held at Rio, Brazil. He was training at the training centre of Sports Authority of India, Sonepat. 3. National Anti-Doping Agency (an Autonomous Body u… more »

CAG of India signs 11 UN Audit reports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, Comptroller & Auditor General of India, is currently in New York to attend the 70thRegular Session of the United Nations’ Board of Auditors, held at the UN headquarters, New York. Shri. Shashi Kant Sharma, along with Auditor Generals of Tanzania, Shri. Mussa Juma Assad and of the United Kingdom, Shri. Amyas Morse approved and signed 11 UN Audit reports today, as approved by the Board. These reports will be presented to the General Assembly of the UN and to other governing bodies. The reports cover important UN bodies e.g. UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UN-WOMEN, UNOPS… more »

President of India’s Message on the occasion of National Day of Peru

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Peru on the occasion of their National Day (July 28, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the President of the Republic of Peru, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the friendly people of Peru on the occasion of your National Day. I also take this opportunity to felicitate you… more »

Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) in Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
A conference on implementation of National Pension System (NPS) in Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) was organized by PFRDA on 27th July 2016 at New Delhi. The prime objective of the conference was to understand and address the concerns of the Central Autonomous Bodies who have not yet registered for NPS. Shri Hemant Contractor, Chairman, PFRDA in his key note address stressed on the need for a regular and steady source of income for old age income security. He informed the participants that it was mandatory for all CABs which had offered CPF to its employees earlier to switch to NP… more »

National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management to undertake research studies with respect marine environment, ecology and habitat of entire Indian coast

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The Government of India set up the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) under the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change at Chennai during 2011-2012. The Centre has undertaken various research studies with respect marine environment, ecology and habitat of entire Indian coast including the islands. The Centre provides knowledge support on policy and scientific matters related to integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and conservation of coastal resources along Indian coast including the islands. NCSCM has mapped the Ecologically Sensitive Areas (E… more »

The rainfall recorded during the month of June

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The rainfall recorded during the month of June this year for the country as a whole is 145.4 (mm) against long period average (LPA) value of 163.6 mm (11% below normal). The rainfall recorded during the month last year was 189.0 (mm) (16% above normal). The state-wise rainfall Departure for the month of June-2015 and June-2016 given in Annexure-I. This was stated by Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary in a written reply to a Question in Lok Sabha on 27th July, 2016. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

National Monsoon Mission to build state-of-the-art coupled ocean atmospheric model for improved prediction of monsoon rainfall

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Under the National Monsoon Mission initiative, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad and National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), NOIDA have embarked upon to build a state-of-the-art coupled ocean atmospheric model for:- (a) improved prediction of monsoon rainfall on extended range to seasonal time scale (16 days to one season) and (b) improved prediction of temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events on short to medium range time scale (up to 15 days) so that for… more »

National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Industry to be presented on 30th July 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Industry to be presented on 30th July 2016 The Speaker, Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will present the “National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 to various segments of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry” at a function organized by Ministry of Tourism on 30th July, 2016 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge) will preside over the function. The function will be attended by Chief Ministers and Tourism Ministers of States, Central and State Gove…more »

Cabinet approves rescinding the decision of the Government to set up the Concurrent Evaluation Office in Ministry of Rural Development

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has decided to rescind the earlier decision of the Government to set up the Concurrent Evaluation Office (CEO) for managing Concurrent Evaluation Network (CENET) in Ministry of Rural Development. The CEO was envisaged to undertake concurrent evaluation of Rural Development programmes in conjunction with Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the erstwhile Planning Commission. The decision will pave the way for a need based strengthening of the Economic and Monitoring Wing of the Ministry of Rural Development for ma… more »

Cabinet increases the limit for foreign investment in Stock Exchanges from 5% to 15%

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for raising foreign shareholding limit from 5% to 15% in Indian Stock Exchanges for a stock exchange, a depository, a banking company, an insurance company, a commodity derivative exchange. The Cabinet has also approved the proposal to allow foreign portfolio investors to acquire shares through initial allotment, besides secondary market, in the stock exchanges. The move will help in enhancing global competitiveness of Indian stock exchanges by accelerating/facilitating the adoption of latest … more »

Cabinet approves abolition of Separate Guidelines for establishing Joint Venture Companies by Defence PSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved abolition of existing “Guidelines for establishing Joint Venture Companies by Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs)”. These guidelines which were notified in February, 2012 will not be required for separate JV by the DPSUs. The Guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) from time to time, which are uniformly applicable to all Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) will be applicable for the DPSUs to set up JV companies now. This will meet the goa…more »

Cabinet approves Policy for award of Waterfront and associated land to port dependent industries in major ports

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Policy for award of waterfront and associated land to port dependent industries in major ports and its operationalization. The Policy will result in uniformity and transparency in the procedure for awarding captive facilities. It will enable optimal utilization of capacities in major ports and increase revenue to the Major Port Authority. The ambit of the Policy includes creation of new assets as well as utilization of currently unutilised existing assets such as vacant berths. The Policy will be ap… more »

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An employee of a bank, brokerage, advisor, or mutual fund who studiescompanies and makes buy and sell recommendations, often specializing in asingle sector or industry. Analysts use a wide variety of techniques forresearching and making recommendations. The reports and recommendations they publish are often used by traders, mutual fundmanagers, portfolio managers and investors in their

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

PM salutes CRPF personnel on 77th Anniversary Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has saluted the CRPF personnel, on 77th Anniversary. “On 77th Anniversary Day of CRPF, we salute CRPF personnel for their fortitude and key role in our security system,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Big investment by M/O Tourism in Tourism Infrastructure in the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Rs. 2333 Crore sanctioned for projects under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD in last 18 months The Ministry of Tourism, in last 18 months, has sanctioned projects worth Rs. 2333 Crore under Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD, the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism. These projects envisage world class infrastructural development of the sites with special emphasis on Tourist Facilities including Tourist Facilitation Centres, way-side amenities Parking, Public convenience, Illumination, Sound and Light Shows and Theme Parks. In the meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC, the ap…more »

Sports Minister Vijay Goel Felicitates World Record holder Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel here today felicitated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who has just returned home from Poland after his remarkable feat in Under 20 IAAF World Athletics Championship. Congratulating the young Athlete from Haryana, the Minister said that the entire nation is proud of Neeraj Chopra’s record breaking performance. He expressed hope that with his determination and dedication he will be front ranking Athlete in the world who will vie for top honours at the 2020 Olympics. Shri Goel said all facilities and support will be extended to… more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari Calls for Perfection in Road Engineering , Reiterates Government’s resolve to make High Quality, Green and Safe Roads at Low Cost

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the quality of road engineering in the country needs to improve drastically and should be aligned to international standards. He was speaking at the Inception Day celebrations of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in New Delhi last evening. Citing the high number of road accidents in India and the resultant fatalities, Shri Gadkari said that preparation of very high quality of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) is the very first stage in ensuring road safety. H… more »

Composite township for Kashmiri migrants

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir has been requested to identify suitable land in the Kashmir Valley, where the Kashmir migrants could be rehabilitated. A variety of measures have been taken over the years by the Government for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants. Under the Prime Minister’s Package 2004, 5242 two room tenements have been constructed in Jammu (Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti) and 200 flats at Sheikhpora in Budgam district (Kashmir Valley) and have been allotted to the migrants. A comprehensive Package was announced by the Government in 2008 for return an… more »

Allowing 74 Per Cent FDI in Pharma Sector

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
FDI in Brownfield pharma sector has been permitted upto 74% under automatic route; and FDI beyond 74% and upto 100% is allowed under Government approval route. The move to permit 74% FDI under automatic route in Brownfield pharmaceutical sector is aimed at attracting required capital, international best practices and latest technologies in the sector. Further, 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted for Greenfield pharma sector. The Government while reviewing FDI policy on pharma sector has put in place necessary safeguards by providing that non-compete clause would not be per… more »

Extension for submission of Comments on the draft Telecom Consumers Protection (10thAmendment), Regulation, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a draft regulation related to *Telecom Consumers Protection (10th Amendment), Regulation, 2016 *on 05.07.2016 for comments/responses of stakeholders. Last date for submission of comments/responses, if any, on the draft regulation was 26.07.2016. On the request of some stakeholders, TRAI, yesterday extended the last date for receipt of written comments/responses from the stakeholders on the draft regulation up to 02.08.2016. No request for further extension of time for submission of comments/responses shall be entertained. Courte…more »

Training Activities Imparted by PSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) are engaged in various training and skill development activities through various programmes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Core Programme, Functional & Technical Management Programmes, Strategic Management Programmes, Quality Management Programmes, Competency Programmes, Craftsman Training Scheme, Nursing Training Scheme, Vocational Training Scheme, Apprenticeship Training Scheme, Training on Computer Applications, Industrial Safety, Trainin… more »

Cochin Shipyard Limited Signs MoU with Government of India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Cochin Shipyard Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India for the financial year 2016-17. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Shri Rajive Kumar, Secretary Shipping and Shri Madhu S Nair, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited, at New Delhi yesterday. The MoU broadly consists of the performance evaluation parameters and targets for Cochin Shipyard for the ensuing year. The MoU will be reviewed by the Ministry on a regular basis and the performance of PSU would be evaluated and ratings awarded at the end of the financial ye… more »

Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of a Chemical

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) conducts anti-dumping investigations on the basis of duly substantiated petitions filed by domestic industry alleging dumping of goods into the country causing injury. The basic intent of the anti-dumping measures is to eliminate injury caused to the domestic industry by the unfair trade practices of dumping and to create a level playing field for the domestic industry vis-a-vis dumped goods by re-establishing a situation of open and fair competition in the domestic market. DGAD initiated an anti-dumping investigation in re… more »

Restructuring North Eastern Council

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has constituted a Committee in February, 2016 to examine the role and functions of North Eastern Council. The Committee is required to consult the State Governments in the North East in preparation of its report, which would, inter-alia, cover the issue of up-gradation and restructuring of the North Eastern Council. This was stated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in written re… more »

Excerpts of the speech of Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on the occasion of Laying of Foundation Stone for Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on July 27, 2016.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Brothers and sisters! Tamil is an ancient classical and beautiful language, I can understand it but unfortunately I cannot speak it and am sorry for the same. I will not take any names of the guests as the earlier speakers have all taken their names however I will take only one name in my opening and that is that of Janab APJ Maraikayar, the brother of the great Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. I welcome him. I thank my colleague the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar for organizing this event in memory of the great son of this country APJ Abdul Kalam. I thank the Chief Minister Selvi Jay… more »

Indian Companies to pitch for executing more telecom projects in Bangladesh, says Manoj Sinha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
India today asked Bangladesh to utilize the services of Indian Companies in executing telecom projects in the neighbouring country. New Delhi has already offered line of credit worth two billion US dollars to Dhaka and Indian companies including Tejas have successfully completed pilot projects in connecting 100 Union Parishads (Gram Panchayats) in Bangladesh and has pitched for executing 1000 such projects. This was conveyed to the visiting Bangladeshi delegation led by State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Tarana Halim, who called on the Union Minister of Communicatio… more »

New Air Traffic Control Tower at IGI Airport

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is going to get a new air traffic control tower with state-of-the-art equipment. The height of the new air traffic control (ATC) tower at IGI Airport is 102m. The cost of the tower and equipment as part of overall project cost as approved by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is Rs.350 crores. It took around 4 years to construct this tower. The old control tower will remain operational till the new ATC Automation System in the new control tower is stabilized. This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviatio… more »

National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
National Agricultural Research System is One of the Largest in the World The Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) coordinates and promotes agricultural research & education in the country. DARE provides the necessary government linkages for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the premier research organisation for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research, education and extension in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 102 research institutes and 73 agricultural universities spread across… more »

PM’s telephonic conversation with Prime Minister of UK

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi spoke to UK Prime Minister Theresa May on telephone on Tuesday. He congratulated Prime Minister May on the assumption of her new responsibility. Prime Minister Modi recalled his memorable visit to the UK last November and affirmed India’s commitment to further strengthen the strategic partnership between both countries. Prime Minister also appreciated UK’s consistent support to India in various global fora. Prime Minister May thanked Prime Minister. She looked forward to working closely with Prime Minister for developing stronger bilateral ties a… more »

Jim Rogers on Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016

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Jim Rogers on Brexit and Gold "You Should be Very Worried" Financial Post Midas Letter 06/24/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age of… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016

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Jim Rogers Interview at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum BNE Intellinews 06/23/2016 Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers : The way of the successful investor is normally to do nothing

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Jim Rogers: "I like to buy things and own them forever. And what success I have had in investing has usually come from buying stock that is very cheap or that I think is very cheap. Even if you are wrong, when buying something cheap you are probably not going to lose a lot of money. But buying… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You >>>>

Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming

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Jim Rogers Turmoil Is Coming. Description and Comments at: Two years since his last interview with us, investor . Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at… This is an excerpt only please visit http://www.jimrogersinvestments.com for the full story , full links, other content, and more! Thank You

Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2016 | Digital Industrial | GE Canada

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Graphene Molecular Structure

These Are The Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2016

The World Economic Forum’s annual list of emerging technologies, released this summer, include both familiar and unfamiliar discoveries. Experts believe this is the year they will most impact individuals, businesses and society.

A diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including batteries capable of providing power to whole villages, “socially aware” artificial intelligence and new generation solar panels, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to a list published by the World Economic Forum.

“Technology has a critical role to play in addressing each of the major challenges the world faces, yet it also poses significant economic and social risks. As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is vital that we develop shared norms and protocols to ensure that technology serves humanity and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable future,” said Jeremy Jurgens, Chief Information and Interaction Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum.

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies and published in collaboration with Scientific American, highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. It also provides an opportunity to debate any human, societal, economic or environmental risks and concerns that the technologies may pose prior to widespread adoption.

“Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform our world, enabling timely expert analysis in preparation for these disruptors. The global community needs to come together and agree on common principles if our society is to reap the benefits and hedge the risks of these technologies,” said Dr Bernard Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer of IBM and Chair of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies.

One of the criteria used by council members during their deliberations was the likelihood that 2016 represents a tipping point in the deployment of each technology. Thus, the list includes some technologies that have been known for a number of years, but are only now reaching a level of maturity where their impact can be meaningfully felt.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings
With the Internet of Things expected to comprise 30 billion connected devices by 2020, one of the most exciting areas of focus today is now on nanosensors capable of circulating in the human body or being embedded in construction materials. Once connected, this Internet of Nanothings could have a huge impact on the future of medicine, architecture, agriculture and drug manufacture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Next Generation Batteries
One of the greatest obstacles holding renewable energy back is matching supply with demand, but recent advances in energy storage using sodium, aluminium and zinc based batteries makes mini-grids feasible that can provide clean, reliable, round the clock energy sources to entire villages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Blockchain
Much already has been made of the distributed electronic ledger behind the online currency Bitcoin. With related venture investment exceeding $1 billion in 2015 alone, the economic and social impact of blockchain’s potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work is only now emerging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. 2D Materials
Graphene may be the best-known, single-atom layer material, but it is by no means the only one. Plummeting production costs mean that such 2D materials are emerging in a wide range of applications, from air and water filters to new generations of wearables and batteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Autonomous Vehicles
Self-driving cars may not yet be fully legal in most geographies, but their potential for saving lives, cutting pollution, boosting economies, and improving quality of life for the elderly and other segments of society has led to rapid deployment of key technology forerunners along the way to full autonomy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Organs-on-chips
Miniature models of human organs – the size of a memory stick – could revolutionize medical research and drug discovery by allowing researchers to see biological mechanism behaviours in ways never before possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Perovskite Solar Cells
This new photovoltaic material offers three improvements over the classic silicon solar cell: it is easier to make, can be used virtually anywhere and, to date, keeps on generating power more efficiently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Open AI Ecosystem
Shared advances in natural language processing and social awareness algorithms, coupled with an unprecedented availability of data, will soon allow smart digital assistants help with a vast range of tasks, from keeping track of one’s finances and health to advising on wardrobe choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Optogenetics
The use of light and color to record the activity of neurons in the brain has been around for some time, but recent developments mean light can now be delivered deeper into brain tissue, something that could lead to better treatment for people with brain disorders.

 

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10. Systems Metabolic Engineering
Advances in synthetic biology, systems biology and evolutionary engineering mean that the list of building block chemicals that can be manufactured better and more cheaply by using plants rather than fossil fuels is growing every year.

 

To compile this list, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of global experts, drew on the collective expertise of the Forum’s communities to identify the most important recent technological trends. By doing so, the Meta-Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding that so often thwart progress.

Did you know… 

… that today is First Test-Tube Baby Birthday? On this day in 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived through in vitro fertilization was born at Oldham and District General Hospital in Manchester, England, to parents Lesley and Peter Brown. The healthy baby was delivered shortly before midnight by caesarean section and weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces. Happy birthday, Louise!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

— Maya Angelou

Did you know

… that today is Oldest Mt. Fuji Climber Day? Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, became the oldest person to complete the ascent of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Her other achievements included scaling Mount Whitney 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91 as well as climbing 97 other peaks during this period! 

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Today’s Inspirational Quote: 
“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.” 
— Chanakya

Why do people AVOID you?

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Did you know… 

… that today is Ice Cream Cone Day? On this day in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s the perfect time of the year so grab a cone and start piling in your favorite flavor of ice cream! Happy Ice Cream Cone Day!!! 
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Today’s Inspirational Quote: 
“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.” 
— Rashida Jones 

CSR: 2,351 companies spend nil, 776 firms engage NGOs – The Financial Express

CSR: 2,351 companies spend nil, 776 firms engage NGOs
As many as 2,351 companies have not spent a single penny on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, while a total of 776 firms have engaged NGOs for implementing such tasks, Parliament was informed today.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2016 4:33 PM
An assessment of CSR expenditure of 4,257 companies indicates that these firms have spent about 72 per cent of the mandated amount on CSR activities, Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. (Source: Reuters)
As many as 2,351 companies have not spent a single penny on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, while a total of 776 firms have engaged NGOs for implementing such tasks, Parliament was informed today.
The new Companies Act mandates every company with a networth of Rs 100 crore to set aside minimum 2 per cent of their 3-year average annual net profit for CSR activities.
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An assessment of CSR expenditure of 4,257 companies indicates that these firms have spent about 72 per cent of the mandated amount on CSR activities, Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
Of these, 621 firms have spent more than prescribed amount, while 400 companies spent ‘exactly’ the same amount as prescribed under the rules.
Further, 261 firms have spent 66-99 per cent of the their mandated CSR fund, while 624 companies spent less than 66 per cent of the prescribed amount.As many as 2,351 companies have not spent any amount on CSR activities. Out of the total 4,257 firms, 776 have engaged NGOs for implementing CSR, he said.
In a separate reply Jaitley said, “organising private sports tournaments and one-off activities are not permissible under CSR of companies under the Companies Act 2013 and the rules thereunder.”
Separately, the minister said a total of 967 complaints are pending before the designated courts, filed by Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) as on date.
Further, SFIO has received 1,375 complaints in 2015 and 797 in 2014. SFIO is the investigation arm of the Corporate Affairs Ministry.

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17 Maps That Will Change The Way You Look At The World Forever

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IIMs looking at measures to avoid deferred job offers

The recent controversy of Flipkart deferring the joining dates of a few IIM-Ahmedabad graduates has pushed IIMs into considering measures to protect students’ interests. “IIM Bangalore has moved placement dates to March later than other IIMs and also have requested corporates to shift the joining dates earlier. Those with risky pre-placement offers will be given an opportunity to sit for interviews with other firms in March,” said Mr. Ganesh Prabhu, Chairperson, Career Development Services, IIM Bangalore. The later the companies recruit, the greater will be their certainty of requirement, so delayed joining is less likely, Mr. Prabhu added. IIM Ahmedabad, however, refused to comment. A spokesperson from IIM Calcutta said, “The institution is actively discussing measures to avoid such situations altogether. Punitive steps against the firm in retrospect do not help the affected students at all. We are exploring all options as of now, with the single aim of protecting student interest.” On whether blacklisting companies was being considered, Mr. Prabhu said: “No. We will not consider it. IIM-B students will not apply if they are not interested in such companies.” When asked whether there was an increase in instances of offers being revoked or delayed by e-commerce start-ups, IIM Calcutta said: “One placement season may be too little time to pin-point a trend, at this stage. However, with the instances reported this year, it is definitely something to watch out for and guard against from the institution’s perspective.” Even Harvard University does not get 100 per cent placement, an IIM faculty member said, adding that deferred joining is nothing new. “Maybe the company is not ready to make that many offers or does so to make sure competition does not get talent. But, at the institution level, any proactive reaction will be well thought out as it has long-term implications. Companies that IIMs call for placements are a function of what students want so banning does not really work. The important thing is institutional relationship has to be at the heart of it.”

Source : 20-07-16 Thehindubusinessline.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Flipkart sees Silicon Valley talent quit

Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce marketplace, continues to shed top talent as it undertakes a massive rejig of its business to focus on profitability. Two more senior executives, Mr. Lalit Sarna and Mr. Sunil Gopinath, quit the company last week. Mr. Sarna headed the transactions and payments business; Mr. Gopinath was a senior director of product and user experience design. Both were prized hires from Silicon Valley, joining during Flipkart’s high-growth phase a little over a year ago. Flipkart confirmed this, while not divulging further details. Flipkart, which saw a top-level management rejig at the start of this year, has shed plenty of top talent. Mr. Punit Soni, star hire from Google, quit in April after the company decided to roll back its mobile-only plan which he was spearheading. Mr. Mukesh Bansal, a key aide of founders Mr. Sachin Bansal and Mr. Binny Bansal quit with chief business officer Mr. Ankit Nagori to start a health technology firm. Joining after his start-up, Myntra, was acquired by Flipkart, Mr. Mukesh Bansal held a key position as head of the commerce platform. To some extent, the exits could be due to a shift away from being mobile-only. Flipkart is now focused on serving customers on both web and mobile, after its experiment with Myntra failed. The company also shut products such as image search. The series of exits are in contrast to the joining of Mr. Kalyan Krishnamurthy, a key hand at Tiger Global, who is among the biggest investors in Flipkart. Having served a previous stint at Flipkart as its chief financial officer, he has been deputed to streamline its several businesses, along with Chief Executive Mr. Binny Bansal.

Source : 21-07-16 Business-standard.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
7th Pay Commission: Central Government employees may get HRA hike ranging between 106 to 122 per cent

The Narendra Modi government is now considering to hike House Rent Allowance (HRA) of Central Government employees after implementing recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission. The Centre is likely to hike HRA ranging between 106 per cent to 122 per cent. This will make the HRA more than double. The 7CPC headed by retired Justice A K Mathur and his panel had proposed huge increase in HRA of more than 47 lakh employees working under the payroll of central government. Justice Mathur and his panel had recommended to hike HRA more than double, with the increases ranging between 106 per cent and 122 per cent. The committee will also consider the demand made by central government Employees Union leaders to increase minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The implementation of 7CPC was done six months after Justice Mathur and his team submitted its findings and it will positively impact a total of 47 lakh employees currently working under central government and 53 lakh pensioners.

Source : 18-07-16 India.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Nasscom’s bleak outlook for IT sector: From lower jobs to Brexit impact

Information technology body Nasscom spelt out the headwinds the Indian IT companies face in the short to long term, painting a gloomy picture for the sector. The statements assume significance as the three major IT services companies of the country – Wipro, Infosys and TCS -have come out with a not-so-impressive earnings, giving rise to concerns about the jobs creation potential of the sector. The most important takeaway from the Nasscom’s statements is the bleak outlook for fresh hiring. It said recruitment by the IT services sector in the current financial year is expected to decline from the last year’s level as the companies are facing pressure on margins, besides focusing on automation of jobs. This is the first decline since 2009. “Hiring activity in the year before last was 2.20 lakh (new jobs were created in IT sector). Last year, (FY 2015-16) there were about two lakh additions. This financial year, we are expecting it to be on the lower side of that”, said Nasscom president Mr. R Chandrashekhar, without giving an exact figure. He said fresh hiring is either static or gently declining. It is not as if overall hiring is going down. It is not going to be in the same pace as it was, he said. Mr. Chandrashekhar attributed the companies’ focus on automation and pressure on margins for the decrease in hiring activities. “They (IT companies) are adopting higher productivity by reducing the strength and focusing on automation. For a country like India, automation works differently as cost effectiveness on automation is different because our economic levels are different,” he said. He expects 5-10 percent of existing jobs to be automated in the next 10 years.

Source : 22-07-16 Firstpost.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Under fire from investors, Infosys CEO rejigs top team

Under fire from investors on the less-than-expected first quarter results and a cut in the yearly forecast, Infosys Chief Executive Officer Mr. Vishal Sikka has done a rejig of his top team. The aim is to focus on larger deals and acquire niche companies, in line with his ‘Vision 2020’. Mr. Sikka has expanded the role of former SAP executive Ms. Ritika Suri, heading the $500-million innovation fund, to lead the team for large deals. Veteran Mr. Deepak Padaki, chief risk officer and head of strategy, would lead the team for mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sudhir Jha has been roped in from Google to help in product management and marketing for Mana — the artificial intelligence platform. Mr. Suri’s elevation saw veteran Mr. Anup Uppadhayay exit the firm. A day before the results, Mr. Samson David, who headed Mana, quit the firm. He joined a team of senior executives who have exited Infosys since Mr. Sikka took charge. Mr. The changes were made by Sikka through an e-mail. “I am disappointed our revenue performance was not what we could have delivered, but even more so, this overshadowed the many strong strides we made on executing our strategy.”

Source : 20-07-16 Business-standard.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Wipro pay hikes: Average salary hike 9.5%, top performers get 20%

IT major Wipro has made a sharp distinction between high performers and average ones this year, in terms of wage hikes, in an attempt to raise productivity. While it gave out an average hike of 9.5% for its employees based in India, the top performers have seen an increment in the 20% range. Mr. Saurabh Govil, president & chief Human resources officer, Wipro, said, the salary increase gap is only widening by the day even as many of the conventional metrics to determine wage hikes continue to evolve. The Indian IT industry, which employs 3 million people, had doled out 15-20% salary increments in its heydays but has since fallen to single digits in the aftermath of the global financial crisis starting from 2007-08. The sharp difference in the salary increase at Wipro was also one of the reasons for the hike in attrition rates at the company. During the first quarter of FY17 Wipro reported an attrition rate of 17.9% for the first quarter on a quarterly annualised basis as compared to 14.9% in the previous quarter. Mr. Govil said the higher attrition rate has also been due to the seasonality where employees go for higher studies and performance ratings. Wipro at the end of first quarter had an employee strength of 1, 73,863 and made a net addition of 951. According to the Wipro HR head, the thrust of the company will be towards further automation with focus on utilising the existing human resources to perform higher value work. “If we are able do higher value work which will yield better revenues, our capacity to pay more goes up,” he said.

Source : 21-07-16 Financialexpress.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Tata Steel aims to double Indian workforce’s productivity

Tata Steel Ltd plans to double the productivity of its workforce in its domestic operations in the next five years as it seeks to be more competitive, a senior company official said. This will be achieved in various ways including a reduction in the size of the workforce through a voluntary retirement scheme which the steel maker has put in place and a lower annual recruitment plan, said the official, who asked not to be named as details of the plan have not yet been made public. Tata Steel did not respond to a request for comment on the plan. In its annual report published this week though, Tata did acknowledge that “employee productivity continues to be a focus area.” Tata will also focus on further automation and restructuring at its flagship 10 million tonnes a year plant at Jamshedpur, which will help bring down its costs, the official said. At the same time the company is having to tackle the problems faced by its business in Europe, where it has halted the sale of its Port Talbot plant in Wales following the UK vote to leave the European Union. Tata banked heavily on global growth in the second half of the last decade with acquisitions in Europe and South East Asia. The moves pushed it deep into debt however, and as steel demand overseas shrunk it has been Tata’s Indian operations which have continued to cushion the steel maker’s financial performance.

Source : 21-07-16 Livemint.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
India Post payments bank’s first chief may be an SBI executive

India Post Payments Bank, which is in a hurry to appoint a head, could get its first chief executive officer from the country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI). The bank’s board comprising the CEO, chairperson, besides government nominees and five independent directors is expected to be in place by September. India Post had written to top five government banks including SBI, Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda among others in identifying the chief. Sources said that SBI chairman Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya has already responded and proposed a name. However, at a later stage, the payments bank is likely to have a search and select committee in place for the appointment of a CEO. “We are in a hurry to put everything in place as soon as possible, we sought suggestions from the top public sector banks to help us in finding a CEO,” said Mr. SK Sinha, secretary, department of post. The government set aside an initial corpus of ₹ 800 crore for the bank. While the bank will roll out 650 bank branches by September 2017, it will also use the 154,000 existing post offices to sell a host of its products and the new bank could hire about 2,000 people.

Source : 22-07-16 HindustanTimes.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Avendus Capital hires RBL Bank’s Mr. Sandeep Thapliyal to head NBFC

Mr. Sandeep Thapliyal, head of commercial and investment banking at RBL Bank Ltd, will head the new non-banking financial company (NBFC) floated by Avendus Capital Pvt. Ltd, said two people aware of the development. Mr. Thapliyal will join as chief executive of Avendus Finance Pvt. Ltd by September, said one of the people, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Thapliyal has already put in his papers at RBL, but is yet to leave as he has a key role in the bank’s upcoming initial public offering (IPO), said the second of the two people. US-based private equity fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Lp (KKR) bought Mumbai-based Avendus Capital for about $115 million in November. As part of the deal, KKR committed to invest another $60 million in the NBFC, said the second person. Mr. Thapliyal, who has more than 20 years of experience in corporate banking, investment banking, commercial banking, project finance and asset reconstruction, heads the commercial banking coverage franchise at RBL, which includes the SME (small and medium enterprise) and mid corporate segments. He is also responsible for the credit products group, which undertakes credit evaluation of commercial banking clients, according to his profile on the bank’s website. Previously, Mr. Thapliyal was managing director of investment banking at Religare Capital Markets Ltd, covering the industrial sector. He also spent over 10 years with Citibank in commercial banking, and played a key role in setting up its commercial banking franchise.

Source : 18-07-16 Livemint.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
RBS’s Indian job relocations are the ultimate betrayal, says union

British employee union Unite has criticised proposals by state-backed lender Royal Bank of Scotland to relocate another 66 jobs from Britain to India, a plan it described as the ultimate betrayal of the bank’s workforce. Unite, in a statement, said the planned moves affecting staff in the bank’s fraud and chargeback functions were unjustified, in view of swingeing cuts to British jobs and earlier headcount relocations to overseas hubs. “The loss of these Royal Bank of Scotland jobs from the UK is the ultimate betrayal for the workforce. The bank is continuing the senseless cutting of important back office functions,” Mr. Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer, said. “Unite is calling on RBS to reconsider this offshoring to India for the sake of their staff and their reputations.” The affected roles are for processing staff in the bank’s chargeback unit and are all currently in Southend, a coastal town in southeast England, a spokesman for RBS said. “With RBS becoming a smaller, simpler bank, we’ve been restructuring our back office support so it’s a better fit for our business. Unfortunately, these changes will mean some job losses,” said the spokesman.

Source : 20-07-16 Livemint.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Solar lighting could create 2 mln jobs in developing world

Switching from fuel-based lighting – such as firewood and kerosene lanterns – to solar-LED systems also create two million potential new jobs in developing countries like India, a first-of-its-kind study has found. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher Mr. Evan Mills conducted the first global analysis of how the transition to solar-LED (light-emitting diode) lighting will impact employment and job creation. “People like to talk about making jobs with solar energy, but it’s rare that the flip side of the question is asked – how many people will lose jobs who are selling the fuels that solar will replace?” said Mr. Mills. “The good news is, we found that we will see many more jobs created than we lose,” he said. While there are about 274 million households worldwide that lack access to electricity, the study focuses on about 112 million households, largely in Africa and Asia, that cannot afford even a mini solar home system, which might power a fan, a few lights, a phone charger and a small TV. In countries such as Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, India, Indonesia, and Kenya, fuel-based lighting is not particularly “job-intensive.” Individual entrepreneurs sell lanterns, wicks, candles, fuel dippers and kerosene in small quantities, often in local markets or on the roadside, but few jobs are created and many are part-time. Researchers found that fuel-based lighting today provides 150,000 jobs worldwide.

Source : 20-07-16 Financialexpress.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
EPFO relaxes UAN rule for PF settlement, but sets riders

Retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has relaxed the provision that requires furnishing of Universal Account Number (UAN) for settlement of claims like PF withdrawal for all those who left membership before January 1, 2014. The EPFO had made it mandatory to provide the UAN on claim application forms in December 2015. “The decision to relax this condition of providing the UAN for claim settlement was taken after considering difficulties being faced by those members who were not allotted the UAN,” an official said. “UANs were initially allotted to all those members who were subscribers during January to June 2014. This decision was taken to facilitate all those members who ceased to be in employment before January 1, 2014.”It has been decided that claim forms may be accepted without the UAN if the date of exit of the member is before January 1, 2014. Besides in exceptional cases, the officer in-charge may allow acceptance of claim forms without the UAN, at his discretion based on the merit. Quoting the UAN on claim forms was made mandatory with an objective of reducing chances of error. Since the UAN is seeded with Aadhaar, bank account and other credentials, it helps legitimate claimants get their due without any hassle. The EPFO had started allotting the UAN in July 2014. It had allotted over four crore UANs to its contributing subscribers. Members can activate their UANs themselves and manage them like any other bank account online. The UAN helps members get their passbook details and allows them to tag other credentials like the PAN and Aadhaar. Besides, the UAN remains portable during lifetime of subscribers. Thus, they are not required to apply for PF transfer claims on changing jobs.

Source : 14-07-16 indianexpress.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Republican party may rein in H-1B visas for Indian IT professionals

Concerned over alarming levels of unemployment in the US, the Republican Party favours reforming the guest workers’ programmes, which include H-1B visa system, indicating a drastic reduction in the green cards issued every year that could impact Indian IT professionals. “In light of both current needs and historic practice, we urge the reform of our guest worker programmes to eliminate fraud, improve efficiency and ensure they serve the national interest,” said the Republican platform, which was approved by the party leadership during its ongoing convention. “In light of the alarming levels of unemployment and underemployment in this country, it is indefensible to continue offering lawful permanent residence to more than one million foreign nationals every year,” the platform said. Currently, Indians have the longest waiting list for green cards. In case of any reduction in the number of such cards being issued every year, that might further delay the process. However, the platform, which talks in details about the immigration policy does not specifically mention about the H-1B visa programme but the language on guest workers is seen as a move to reform the H-1B visas system.

Source : 20-07-16 businesstoday.in Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
Tata Steel aims to double Indian workforce’s productivity

Tata Steel plans to double the productivity of its workforce in its domestic operations in the next five years as it seeks to be more competitive, a senior company official said. This will be achieved in various ways including a reduction in the size of the workforce through a voluntary retirement scheme which the steelmaker has put in place and a lower annual recruitment plan, said the official, who asked not to be named as details of the plan have not yet been made public. Tata Steel did not respond to a request for comment on the plan. In its annual report published this week though, Tata did acknowledge that “employee productivity continues to be a focus area.” Tata will also focus on further automation and restructuring at its flagship 10 million tonnes a year plant at Jamshedpur, which will help bring down its costs, the official said. At the same time the company is having to tackle the problems faced by its business in Europe, where it has halted the sale of its Port Talbot plant in Wales following the UK vote to leave the European Union.

Source : 21-07-16 Moneycontrol.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com
United Spirits Ltd to shed 300 jobs

United Spirits Ltd (USL), majority owned by British liquor major Diageo, will do away with 300 jobs by making these roles redundant and by removing under-performers as part of a restructuring exercise in the company. USL, India’s largest spirits maker, has around 5,000 people on its rolls and an equal number with its partners across the country. The job rationalisation was announced by chief executive officer Mr. Anand Kripalu at a town hall meeting with employees. USL stated that the restructuring was aimed at aligning resources to meet its goals of becoming a trusted and respected consumer goods company. “We are making changes to our structure and the way we work, which will simplify our business in pursuit of becoming the best-performing, most-trusted and respected consumer goods company in the world. Wherever possible, resources and decision-making will be closer to customers and consumers enhancing our responsiveness and agility,” a USL spokesperson stated. “Any saving that occurs from these changes will be re-invested in growth opportunities for our business and brands.” Traditionally, Indian liquor companies have not been able to attract good talent due to their perceived image of promoting anti-social behaviour. USL, under Diageo, is attempting to reinvent its image as an employer of choice by bringing in better practices and showing it is complying with regulations. It also encourages gender diversity in its workforce with leadership roles with women forming a fifth of its executive committee. The firm has also brought in processes to improve transparency and empower junior workforce.

Source : 16-07-16 Business-standard.com Compiled by http://www.naukri.com

Important – Ministry-wise PIB releases I requested.

National Waterways Projects

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 28 minutes ago
As per The National Waterways Act, 2016, 111 waterways have been declared as National Waterways (NWs) including the five existing NWs. Out of the 111 NWs, NW-1, 2, & 3 are already operational. Cargo as well as passenger / cruise vessels are plying on these waterways. DPR for development of NW-4 & 5 were completed in 2010. The DPR of NW 5 was updated in 2014. For the newly declared 106 NWs, techno-economic feasibility studies have been initiated. A statement indicating the approximate length of each of the 111 NWs is given below*: *. *Sl. No* *National Waterways* *Approximate Le… more »

Text of PM’s remarks at Joint Dedication of Petrapole ICP

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
Your Excellency, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Hon’ble Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, बांगलादेश ओ पोश्चिम बंगेर भाई बोनेदर आमार नोमोश्कार आज थेके आमादेर दुई देशेर मोध्ये आदानप्रदान आरो शोहोज हबे, आमरा आरो काछाकाछि एलाम एई शुभो ओबोशोरे, शोकोलके जानाई ओभिनोंदोंन क्योकि यह ईद का महीना है इसलिए सबसे पहले बांग्लादेश में रहने वाले सभी भाइयों और बहनों को मेरी और समस्त भारत की ओर से ईद-उल-फ़ित्र की शुभकामनाएं यह मेरे लिए, और सभी भारतवासियों के लिए, यह एक अत्यंत पीढ़ा की बात है कि रमजान के पावन महीने में ढाका और किशोरगंज में दर्दनाक आतंकवादी हमला हुआ। इन आ… more »

Revival of Mumbai Port Trust

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
Mumbai Port is functioning efficiently and handled all time highest cargo throughput of 61.66 Million Tones during 2014-15 and 61.11 Million Tones during 2015-16. To increase the efficiency further, Mumbai Port has already taken up many initiatives such as construction of new berths, installation of floating cranes, mechanization of Port operations etc. during last few years. Mumbai Port has already awarded contract for capital dredging project to achieve (-) 19 metre Chart Datum (CD) at Berth pocket and (-) 15 metre CD at anchorage of the on going 5th Oil Berth at Jawahar Deep to … more »

Joint dedication of the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina today jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video-conferencing. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee also participated from Kolkata in the video-conference. Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade. More than 50 per cent of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole. Trade worth more than Rs. 15000 Crore takes place through the Petrapole ICP, which is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Cust…more »

Startup India States’ Conference

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 58 minutes ago
The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech had announced the “Start-up India” initiative. This initiative aims at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation by creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of Startups. The Government of India launched the “Startup India” movement on January 16, 2016 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The Action Plan for Startup India was unveiled by the Honorable Prime Minister of India. This Action Plan lays down the roadmap for creation of a conducive ecosystem for the growth of Startups in India. The… more »

Implementation of PM’s 15 point programme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the welfare of minorities is an overarching programme, covering 24 schemes/ initiatives of 11 different Ministries / Departments implemented throughout the country, including Andhra Pradesh. In order to ensure that the benefits of various Government schemes flow equitably to minorities, this programme stipulates location of a certain proportion of development projects in minority concentration areas. It also provides that, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes should be earmarked for minorities. Some of th… more »

Guidelines against fraudulent educational institutes abroad

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The Government of India takes prompt action to address issues pertaining to security, safety and welfare of Indian students who are enrolled in foreign universities and educational institutions. In addition to this, the Government is in regular contact with foreign Governments, Universities and educational institutions to provide assistance to Indian students in foreign countries, as and when such issues arise. Furthermore, the government also issues advisories to Indian students asking them to carry all documentation and undertake due diligence to ensure that the foreign institutio… more »

Deemed Universities in the Country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
At present, 123 Deemed to be Universities are functioning in the country. State-wise details of these Deemed to be Universities are available at University Grants Commission (UGC)’s website http://www.ugc.ac.in. The performance of deemed universities in comparison to the central universities can be assessed through their relative ranking obtained by them under National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) which is available at http://www.nirfindia.org. It is seen that in the top twenty list of Universities there are 8 deemed universities. As per the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities)… more »

First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank held yesterday at Shanghai;

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Second Annual meeting of New Development Bank to be held in India in 2017 and India will Chair the Board of Governors of NDB next year; India to follow the approach of ‘Reform to Transform’ through far reaching Structural Reforms and has taken several initiatives to boost investment climate and improve the Ease of Doing Business. The First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the BRICS New Development Bank was held yesterday at Shanghai, China. The New Development Bank (NDB) has completed one year since its establishment in 2015. Since its establishment, the policies of op… more »

Income Tax Department to issue 7 lakh letters seeking Information in respect of High Value Non PAN Transactions

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Under the Annual Information Returns (AIR), various types of high-value transactions were being reported to the Income Tax Department. These include reporting of cash deposits of Rs.10,00,000 or more in a saving bank account, sale/purchase of immovable property valued at Rs. 30,00,000 or more, etc. Many of these transactions do not have PAN linked to it. The Department has details of about 90 lakh such transactions for the period 2009-10 to 2016-17. The Income Tax Department has with the help of in-house computer techniques, grouped such non-PAN transactions and identified 7 lakh hi… more »

Development of Data Satellite by NASA and ISRO

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
ISRO and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/NASA are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L&S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR). In this joint mission, JPL/ NASA will be responsible for design & development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna & its deployment elements, GPS system and data recorder. ISRO will be responsible for design & development of S-band SAR, Spacecraft Bus, data transmission system, Spacecraft integration & testing, launch using GSLV and on-orbit operations. The L & S band microw… more »

India’s share in International Satellite Market

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
According to the published reports available in the public domain on the international satellite market, the average annual revenue over the last three years, is approximately $200 billion (Rs. 13 Lakh Crore), which includes the launch services market (Rs. 0.37 Lakh Crore), satellite manufacturing (Rs. 1.07 Lakh Crore), ground equipment (Rs.3.85 Lakh Crore) and satellite services (Rs. 8.17 Lakh Crore). ISRO is providing the launch capacity, when available, for launching satellites on a commercial basis through Antrix Corporation Limited. During the last year (2015-16), Antrix earned… more »

Social Impact Assessment Study for Nuclear Power Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The survey of land for Nuclear Power Plant at Kavvada, Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh is completed. The land proposed to be acquired for the project comprises 599.20 acres of Private land, 791.37 acres of Government land and 683.94 acres of Assigned land totaling to 2074.51 acres. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) study has been taken up and notification for the same has been issued by the state government. The Commissioner, Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R), Government of Andhra Pradesh has identified Environment Protection Training & Research Institute (EPTRI), Hyderabad as… more »

Civil Nuclear Deal with UK

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
An Agreement between the Government of India and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed on 13 November 2015, during the visit of the Prime Minister to U.K. The scope of cooperation inter alia covers the supply of nuclear material, non-nuclear material, equipment, components or technology, training of personnel and transfer of technology, for peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The U.K. Government’s recently stated energy policy is to increase the share of nuclear power in U.K.’s energ… more »

India’s share in International Satellite Market

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
According to the published reports available in the public domain on the international satellite market, the average annual revenue over the last three years, is approximately $200 billion (Rs. 13 Lakh Crore), which includes the launch services market (Rs. 0.37 Lakh Crore), satellite manufacturing (Rs. 1.07 Lakh Crore), ground equipment (Rs.3.85 Lakh Crore) and satellite services (Rs. 8.17 Lakh Crore). ISRO is providing the launch capacity, when available, for launching satellites on a commercial basis through Antrix Corporation Limited. During the last year (2015-16), Antrix earned… more »

Approval for Second Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Station

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP-2) attained first criticality (start of controlled self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction in the Reactor for the first time) at 20:56 hours on July 10, 2016 after accord of regulatory and statutory clearances. This will be followed by various tests, connection to the grid and raising of power in steps to full power in line with the stage-wise clearances of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The compliance certificates from Ministry of Environment and Forest and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board are issued fo… more »

Central support for primary education in country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
For universalization of elementary education across the country the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in partnership with State Governments. The Central and the State Governments have the concurrent responsibility to implement this Scheme. The existing fund sharing pattern between the Central and the State Government is in the ratio of 60:40 except for the 8 North-Eastern States viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura and 3 Himalayan States viz. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand wher… more »

Panel to bring good governance

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
No specific “Panel to bring Good Governance” has been constituted. However, eight Groups of Secretaries (GoS) were constituted on 01.01.2016 to deliberate on eight thematic areas which have a direct bearing on the socio-economic development of the country and to come up with a roadmap for achieving specific outcomes. Out of these, one Group was on the subject of ‘Good Governance – Challenges and Opportunities’. The reports submitted by the Groups were circulated to the Secretaries of all Ministries/Departments, who were required to prepare Departmental Action Plans based on the reco… more »

Reservation in promotion for differently-abled people

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than 3% of persons with disability of which 1% each shall be reserved for persons suffering from: (i) Blindness or low vision; (ii) Hearing impairment and (iii) Locomotor disability or cerebral palsy in the posts identified for each disability During the period from 01/04/2015 to 14/07/2016, the Office of Chief Commissioner for Person… more »

First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of BRICS New Development Bank held yesterday at Shanghai;Second Annual meeting of New Development Bank to be held in India in 2017 and India will Chair the Board of Governors of NDB next year; India to follow the approach of ‘Reform to Transform’ through far reaching Structural Reforms and has taken several initiatives to boost investment climate and improve the Ease of Doing Business. The First Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the BRICS New Development Bank was held yesterday at Shanghai, China. The New Development Bank (… more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Reservation for SC/ST and OBC

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 minutes ago
Article 16(4) of the Constitution enables provision of reservation to Backward Class of citizens, who are not adequately represented in the State. Reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) through executive instructions issued from time to time, which has force of law, as held by the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney case. As per extant instructions, reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes at the rate of 15%, 7.5% and 27%, respectively, in case of direct recruitment on a… more »

Promoting Biofuels as Substitute to Mineral Fuel

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 minutes ago
The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that the Government is promoting biofuels, such as ethanol and bio-diesel, as substitutes of mineral fuels. The Government, through Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), is implementing Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme under which, OMCs sell ethanol blended petrol with percentage of ethanol upto 10%, depending upon availability of ethanol. Besides, the Government has opened second generation ethanol route (cellulosic and lignocellulosic route) for prod… more »

Revision of Civil Services recruitment system

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 minutes ago
An Expert Committee has been constituted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) under the chairmanship of Shri B. S. Baswan to comprehensively examine the various issues, raised from time to time regarding the Civil Service Examination, with respect to the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of the Examination vide notice dated 12.8.2015. The committee has been given extension of time till August 2016 to submit its report. Imparting training to the officers is a continuous process. The course content of the training is modified regularly as per the requirement. This was s… more »

ECI Launches“National Electoral Roll Purification” (NERP)2016 to Improve health of Electoral Rolls and Optimize the Polling Station location and Area

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 minutes ago
The Election Commission of India (ECI)gives utmost importance to enrolment of all eligible citizens and to assist electors to reach and cast their votes in a hassle free way by establishing Polling stations (PSs) at a conveniently located building. *“No voter to be left behind”*is the *motto of ECI for year 2016.* National Electoral Roll Purification” (NERP) programme has been launched this week across the country with intensive verification by the Commissions’ field functionaries and stakeholders interaction,to enhance the purity and fidelity of Electoral Rolls (ERs) and to standar… more »

‘START-UP INDIA’-Coverage and Eligibility

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Till date 728 applications have been received in the Startup India portal. Out of them, 180 applications are complete and have been recognized as startups by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Only 16 applicants are incorporated after 1.04.2016 and are thus eligible for consideration for tax benefits, as per the Finance Act 2016. The applications for tax benefits are examined by the Inter-Ministerial Board. 3 applications were considered and one has been recommended for tax benefit in the 2nd Inter Ministerial Board meeting held on 28.06.2016. Startups … more »

Setting up Of Industrial Clusters under Miius in A.P.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry does not have any scheme for establishing new industries, however, it administers a scheme namely, ‘Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS)’ for development of industrial clusters. Under MIIUS, two projects at Hindupur & Bobbili are being set up in Andhra Pradesh. The details of the above projects along with amount allocated are as under: (Rs. in crores) *Projects name* *Project Cost* *Central Grant* *(Fund allocated)* *Date of Final Approval* *Released Central grant… more »

Foreign Investment under ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ Programme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
The `Make in India’ initiative was launched in September, 2014 with the aims of promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design, and innovation. Thereafter, during the period October, 2014 to May, 2016, the FDI equity inflow has increased by 46%, i.e. from US$ 42.31 billion to US$ 61.58 billion in comparison to previous 20 months (February, 2013 to September, 2014). FDI inflow has also increased by 37% from US$ 62.39 billion to US$ 85.75 billion. India has been ranked 3rd in the list of top prospective host economies for 2016-18 in … more »

Formation of Tirupati-Chennai-Nellore Industrial Growth Corridor

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Government of India has not proposed to form the Tirupati- Chennai-Nellore as the tri-city industrial growth corridor. However, this region falls under the influence zone of Two Industrial Corridors namely Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) and Vishkhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC). Initial master planning of CBIC & Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) of VCIC have been completed. Under VCIC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), has initiated the process of Master Planning of four nodes namely Vishakhapatnam, Kakinada, Ganavaram-Kankipadu and Srikalahasti-Yerpedu in An… more »

PM Condoles the demise of legendary hockey player Mohammed Shahid

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the untimely & unfortunate demise of legendary hockey player Mohammed Shahid. “In the untimely & unfortunate demise of Mohammed Shahid, India has lost a talented sportsman who played with immense passion & vigour. We tried our level best to save Mohammed Shahid but sadly, neither our help nor prayers were enough to save him. Tributes to him. RIP,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Complete Four Years in Office in July 25

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Mukherjee will complete four years in office on July 25, 2016. To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Phase-II of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum on July 25, 2016 in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and other dignitaries. The inauguration of Phase-II of the Museum will complete the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex, which comprises the Stables Museum (Phase –I), the Garages Museum (Phase –II) and the Clock Tower, which will be home to the Visitors Reception Centre, Cafeteria and Souvenir s… more »

NITI Aayog to organise a two day Workshop on Public Private Partnership in Urban Infrastructure tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
NITI Aayog will organize a two day long Capacity Building Workshop on Best Practices in Public Financing (Public Private Partnership) of Urban Infrastructure on July 21-22, 2016 at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi. The focus is on the following areas: The PPP process: key success factors from the government perspective, PPP models and payment mechanisms, planning & preparation for PPP projects, introduction to urban challenges, demand driven master planning and developing viable business, city infrastructure required to enable smart cities and practical viewpoint on implementation of smart … more »

President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Belgium

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of Belgium on the eve of their National Day (July 21, 2016). In a message to His Majesty King Philippe, The King of the Belgians, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Majesty and to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your National Day. The warm and friendly relations between India and Belgium have been significantly strengthened in recent years. I am confi… more »

ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON STEEL PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Government has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of various steel products from China PR vide its notifications dated 26.03.2013, 05.06.2015, 11.12.2015 and 17.05.2016. Details are given below:- *Sl.* *No.* *Product* *Current status* 1. Steel Wheels Definitive duty imposed on 26.03.2013 in the range of US $ 512-613 per MT. Duty is in force upto 25.03.2018. 2. Hot Rolled flat product of stainless steel of 304 Grade Definitive duty imposed on 05.06.2015 in the range of US $ 180 to 316 per MT. Duty is in force upto 04.06.2020. 3. Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel Defin… more »

Government making all efforts to boost Housing Finance Sector to meet the goal of ‘Housing for All by 2022’: Venkaiah Naidu

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Government is making all efforts to boost the Housing Finance Sector to ensure that the goal of Affordable Housing for all by 2022 is met. This was stated by Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the National Summit on “Finance for Housing for All by 2022” organised by ASSOCHAM in New Delhi today. In his address, Mr Naidu said that it is the priority of his Ministry to provide access to safe and affordable housing to all countrymen. This is the first step in building strong and healthy communities where individuals and families can prosper, he sa… more »

Directorate General of Hydrocarbons’ Interactive Session for Discovered Small Fields Bid Round 2016 in Calgary

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons organized an interactive session at Calgary, Alberta on 18th July 2016 for ‘Discovered Small Fields Bid Round 2016’ to facilitate interactions between the Government of India and Industry Leaders, and to promote investment in the energy sector of India. Many distinguished officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Government of India (GoI), top business leaders, and various international and national media houses were present at the session. The interactive session was organized at The Westin, Calgary to showcase and i…more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari concludes a successful US visit

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari concluded his week-long official visit to the U.S.yesterday, successfully extracting assurances from the infrastructure and investment companies to provide the necessary technical expertise as well as capital to further boost the robust Indian maritime, roads and highways sectors. Shri Gadkari held a series of productive interactions with investment bankers, fund managers and captains of trade and industry in infrastructure sector at business platforms in Washington, New York, San Francisco and Los Angel… more »

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-NULM guidelines recast to benefit more urban poor

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
*Banks to directly accept applications for loans; Nodal bank for each State to increase loan linkages* *Men in vulnerable vocations made eligible for assistance; Norms for formation of Self-Help Groups relaxed* *Construction of shelters for urban homeless with corporate donations* *Convergence with PMKVY, PMJDY, Social security schemes to be ensured* *Performance under DAY-NULM satisfactory but States need to do more, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu* Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has made substantial changes in the Guidelines for implementation of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojan… more »

9th edition of 3-Day Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show To Begin From July 21, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
To expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the *India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016.* Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide product range of fashion jewellery & accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives in sourcing their requirements under one roof, informed Shri D. Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. … more »

Sharing of information of black money by foreign countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
While there is no official estimation regarding black money of Indians stacked in Swiss banks, recent media reports have quoted Zurich based Swiss National Bank as saying that money held by Indians in Swiss banks has fallen by nearly one-third. These reports also say that the funds, described by Swiss National Bank as ‘liabilities’ of Swiss banks or ‘amounts due to’ their clients, are the official figures disclosed by the Swiss authorities and do not indicate to the quantum of alleged black money held by Indians in Switzerland. Under the provisions of direct taxes laws, the Governm… more »

Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2016 Final Result Declared

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Based on the result of the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service written examination 2016 held by the UPSC in May 2016 followed by interviews for Personality Test held in July 2016, the following are the lists, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to posts in Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. The number of candidates recommended for appointment to Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service are as under: Service GEN OBC SC ST Total Indian Economic Service 09 03 02 01 15 Indian Statistical … more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Complete Four Years in Office in July 25

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 27 seconds ago
The President of India, Shri Mukherjee will complete four years in office on July 25, 2016. To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Phase-II of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum on July 25, 2016 in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and other dignitaries. The inauguration of Phase-II of the Museum will complete the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex, which comprises the Stables Museum (Phase –I), the Garages Museum (Phase –II) and the Clock Tower, which will be home to the Visitors Reception Centre, Cafeteria and Souvenir s… more »

NITI Aayog to organise a two day Workshop on Public Private Partnership in Urban Infrastructure tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
NITI Aayog will organize a two day long Capacity Building Workshop on Best Practices in Public Financing (Public Private Partnership) of Urban Infrastructure on July 21-22, 2016 at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi. The focus is on the following areas: The PPP process: key success factors from the government perspective, PPP models and payment mechanisms, planning & preparation for PPP projects, introduction to urban challenges, demand driven master planning and developing viable business, city infrastructure required to enable smart cities and practical viewpoint on implementation of smart … more »

President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Belgium

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of Belgium on the eve of their National Day (July 21, 2016). In a message to His Majesty King Philippe, The King of the Belgians, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Majesty and to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your National Day. The warm and friendly relations between India and Belgium have been significantly strengthened in recent years. I am confi… more »

ANTI-DUMPING DUTY ON STEEL PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
The Government has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of various steel products from China PR vide its notifications dated 26.03.2013, 05.06.2015, 11.12.2015 and 17.05.2016. Details are given below:- *Sl.* *No.* *Product* *Current status* 1. Steel Wheels Definitive duty imposed on 26.03.2013 in the range of US $ 512-613 per MT. Duty is in force upto 25.03.2018. 2. Hot Rolled flat product of stainless steel of 304 Grade Definitive duty imposed on 05.06.2015 in the range of US $ 180 to 316 per MT. Duty is in force upto 04.06.2020. 3. Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel Defin… more »

Government making all efforts to boost Housing Finance Sector to meet the goal of ‘Housing for All by 2022’: Venkaiah Naidu

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Government is making all efforts to boost the Housing Finance Sector to ensure that the goal of Affordable Housing for all by 2022 is met. This was stated by Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the National Summit on “Finance for Housing for All by 2022” organised by ASSOCHAM in New Delhi today. In his address, Mr Naidu said that it is the priority of his Ministry to provide access to safe and affordable housing to all countrymen. This is the first step in building strong and healthy communities where individuals and families can prosper, he sa… more »

Directorate General of Hydrocarbons’ Interactive Session for Discovered Small Fields Bid Round 2016 in Calgary

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons organized an interactive session at Calgary, Alberta on 18th July 2016 for ‘Discovered Small Fields Bid Round 2016’ to facilitate interactions between the Government of India and Industry Leaders, and to promote investment in the energy sector of India. Many distinguished officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Government of India (GoI), top business leaders, and various international and national media houses were present at the session. The interactive session was organized at The Westin, Calgary to showcase and i…more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari concludes a successful US visit

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari concluded his week-long official visit to the U.S.yesterday, successfully extracting assurances from the infrastructure and investment companies to provide the necessary technical expertise as well as capital to further boost the robust Indian maritime, roads and highways sectors. Shri Gadkari held a series of productive interactions with investment bankers, fund managers and captains of trade and industry in infrastructure sector at business platforms in Washington, New York, San Francisco and Los Angel… more »

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-NULM guidelines recast to benefit more urban poor

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
*Banks to directly accept applications for loans; Nodal bank for each State to increase loan linkages* *Men in vulnerable vocations made eligible for assistance; Norms for formation of Self-Help Groups relaxed* *Construction of shelters for urban homeless with corporate donations* *Convergence with PMKVY, PMJDY, Social security schemes to be ensured* *Performance under DAY-NULM satisfactory but States need to do more, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu* Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has made substantial changes in the Guidelines for implementation of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojan… more »

9th edition of 3-Day Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show To Begin From July 21, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
To expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the *India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016.* Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide product range of fashion jewellery & accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives in sourcing their requirements under one roof, informed Shri D. Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. … more »

Sharing of information of black money by foreign countries

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
While there is no official estimation regarding black money of Indians stacked in Swiss banks, recent media reports have quoted Zurich based Swiss National Bank as saying that money held by Indians in Swiss banks has fallen by nearly one-third. These reports also say that the funds, described by Swiss National Bank as ‘liabilities’ of Swiss banks or ‘amounts due to’ their clients, are the official figures disclosed by the Swiss authorities and do not indicate to the quantum of alleged black money held by Indians in Switzerland. Under the provisions of direct taxes laws, the Governm… more »

Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2016 Final Result Declared

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Based on the result of the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service written examination 2016 held by the UPSC in May 2016 followed by interviews for Personality Test held in July 2016, the following are the lists, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to posts in Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. The number of candidates recommended for appointment to Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service are as under: Service GEN OBC SC ST Total Indian Economic Service 09 03 02 01 15 Indian Statistical … more »

Opening of Bank branches in rural areas

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
To promote financial inclusion and to extend the banking network in unbanked areas, general permission has been granted by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to domestic Scheduled Commercial Banks including Public Sector Banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks) to open branches at any place in the country, without seeking prior approval of RBI in each case, subject to at least 25 percent of the total number of branches opened during a financial year being opened in unbanked rural (Tier 5 and Tier 6) centres (population upto 9999). RBI has also specified that the total number of branches opene… more »

NITI Aayog & Intel India Sign Statement of Intent to Kick-off Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for Young Innovators

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
NITI Aayog has introduced the Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) initiative as a part of its flagship programme – the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). As part of a crucial effort to efficiently implement the initiative, NITI Aayog today signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with Intel India. The key objectives of setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories is to build relevant skill sets among youngsters and to provide access to technology that will enable solutions. Intel will co-lead the creation and management of ten ATLs as State Hubs. These laboratories intend to impact 250,000 youth wit… more »

Infrastructural Facilities in Government Hospitals

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Providing health care facilities to its people is the prime responsibility of the respective State Governments as health is a State subject and, as such, no information is maintained centrally. However, in so far as three Central Government hospitals located in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & its Associated Hospitals located in Delhi are concerned, these hospitals as tertiary care hospitals in Delhi which cater to health care of population of not only Delhi but also for the entire National Capital Region of Delhi and even far flung… more »

Health Insurance Scheme for Economically Weaker People

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
The Hon’ble Finance Minister in his Budget Speech for 2016-17 on 29.02.2016 announced that “Government will launch a new health protection scheme which will provide health cover up to Rs. One lakh per family belonging to poor and economically weak families”. A proposal in this regard is under consideration of the Government. For Senior Citizens of age 60 years and above, an additional top-up package up to Rs. 30,000 per senior citizen per year, has already been implemented w.e.f 01.04.2016. The Scheme is proposed to be launched w.e.f. 01.04.2017. The Union Minister of Health and… more »

Online Medical Examination Report

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Online Registration System (ORS) is being implemented in various hospitals in States/UTs to provide online registration, online appointment services to citizens along with online viewing of medical examination report on ORS portal by citizens. So far it has been implemented in 43 hospitals including AIIMS Bhopal. However, the module for online viewing of reports has been started only in four hospitals (viz. AIIMS, New Delhi; RML, New Delhi; NIMHANS, Bengaluru; and PGIMER, Chandigarh) through this Portal (http://ors.gov.in/copp/lab_report_gate.jsp) Financial assistance is being prov… more »

Levy of taxes on large Airlines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
As per the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, to ensure uniformity and level playing field across various airport operators, future tariffs at all airports will be calculated on a ‘hybrid till’ basis, unless otherwise specified for any project being bid out in future. It is also provided that 30% of non-aeronautical revenue will be used to cross-subsidise aeronautical charges. In order to operationalize Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016 provides that a Regional Community Fund will be created through levy per departure on all domestic rou… more »

Ban on non-CAT III compliant small air crafts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
As per direction issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), non CAT-III compliant aircraft will have to be rescheduled between 1000 hours to 2000 hours during the period with low visibility weather forecast, keeping a view to minimize the inconvenience to traveling passengers and ensure safety of operations during the Low Visibility period. As per Summer Schedule- 2016 following 19 cities are connected to Delhi by small aircrafts namely Surat, Rajkot, Kullu, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Dharamsala, Dehradun, Pant Nagar, Lucknow, Jaipur, Indore, Chandigarh, Jodhpur, Amrit… more »

Impact of Agro-Chemicals

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has started a central sector scheme, “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National level” under which samples of food commodities are collected and analysed for the presence of pesticide residues. The detail of samples analysed during the year 2015-16 is given below. *DETAILS OF THE SAMPLES ANALYSED DURING THE YEAR 2015-16* *S.No.* *Commodity* *Samples Analyzed* *Samples found above FSSAI MRL* 1. Food Grains (Rice and Wheat ) 1955 157 (8%) 2. Vegetables 11551 339 (2.9%) 3. Fruits 2358 30 (1.27%) The Government is implementing “Strengthen… more »

Drone Based Agricultural Technology

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has formulated a collaborative research project entitled “SENSAGRI: SENsor based Smart AGRIculture” involving six partner Institutes (Agriculture & IT) to be funded by Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Govt. of India and ICAR. The major objective is to develop indigenous prototype for drone based crop and soil health monitoring system using …more »

No spend on CSR by 2,351 companies, 776 firms engage NGOs for CSR implementation | INDIACSR

via No spent on CSR by 2,351 companies, 776 firms engage NGOs for CSR implementation  | INDIACSR

100 companies served notice by government on CSR spending issue | INDIACSR

via 100 companies served notice by government on CSR spending issue | INDIACSR

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

English rendering of the text of PM’s statement to Media outside Parliament ahead of the Monsoon Session of 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 33 minutes ago
Namaskar to everyone, 15th August, this year will be a major milestone to commemorate the 70th year of our independence. This session is significant as it begins just ahead of 15th August when we remember the great freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the country. Our 70 year old journey will scale new heights in this session. For this purpose, we need to have high quality debates and take major decisions so that the nation moves ahead on a fast forward track. Hence all of us should join hands together in the parliament to give a new impetus and direction to country. … more »

141 Villages Electrified last week ; 8,960 Villages Electrified till date under DDUGJY

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
141 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 11th to 17th July 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 5 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh , 56 in Meghalaya, 31 in Assam, 4 in Mizoram, 3 in Jharkhand,9 in Rajasthan ,3 in Madhya Pradesh , 23 in Odisha and 5 in Bihar, 1 each in Himachal Pradesh and Tripura . The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on http://garv.gov.in/dashboard *An update on ongoing electrification process* In view of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi… more »

Text of PM’s statement to Media outside Parliament ahead of the Monsoon Session of 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
आप सबको नमस्कार। ये 15 अगस्त देश की आजादी के 70वीं साल का एक महत्वपूर्ण पड़ाव है और 15 अगस्त के पूर्व ये सत्र हो रहा है और इसलिए आजादी के लिए जीवन न्यौछावर करने वाले सभी महापुरुषों को स्मरण करते हुए इस सत्र में, इस 70 साल की यात्रा को और एक नई ऊंचाई देने के लिए, देश को एक नई गति देने के लिए बहुत ही उत्तम स्तर की चर्चा हो, बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण निर्णय हो, तेज गति से देश आगे बढ़े इसके लिए सब मिलकर के, कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर के संसद में देश को दिशा देने का काम हो। मुझे विश्वास है कि सभी दल, पिछले कई दिनों से सबसे अलग-अलग बात भी हो रही है, सामूहिक बात भी हो रही है और उससे यही भाव प्रकट हो रहा … more »

Shri Gadkari Invites Indian Origin Silicon Valley Professionals to Participate in India’s Start-up Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has invited Silicon Valley professionals of Indian origin to participate in the Start-ups India movement, taking advantage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious policy initiative of “Ease of doing Business” and contribute towards the success of “Make in India”. Addressing a series of meetings organized by various outfits of Indian origin professionals in San Francisco over the last two days, Shri Gadkari said NDA government’s revolutionary policy initiatives have brought about a lot of positivity among… more »

Gun Gaurav – HRD Minister felicitates Class XII achievers who braved difficult circumstances

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
In a first of its kind event, the Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development Sh. Prakash Javadekar felicitated 46 students who achieved high in their XII exams, despite hailing from economically weakest of weaker sections. Gun Gaurav , the felicitation ceremony held today at Minister’s residence was an acknowledgement of the consistent efforts and merit of these students . “ Hearty congratulation to all of you, who braved the most difficult circumstances to become great achievers in the exam”, the Minister congratulated them. During interaction with the students, the Minister s… more »

Vast Scope of Development of Bee Keeping in Bihar: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The scope of agriculture is very vast. Our farmers not only grow food grains in the field but they are contributing very much in the development of the country by doing another work associated with farming and getting employment. Bee keeping is one of them. It is a very attractive rural agriculture/horticulture based activities. It neither requires technology nor capital investment or comprehensive infrastructure. Our farmers, agriculture workers can increase their income alone and by forming groups also. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said th… more »

New Initiatives Taken at Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Ministry of Human Resources Development granted ‘Nav Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM)’ the status of Deemed to be University on November 13, 2006. The idea behind the establishment of this Institute was to develop it into a centre of higher studies on the lines of the old Nalanda Viharas. The major new initiatives taken recently at “Nav Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM)” under the Ministry of Culture, are as follows : 1. *Reprint of 41 Volumes of Pali Tripitake* :- Pali Tripitaka was compiled for the first time in Devanagari script in 41 volumes by the NNM under the editorship of Founder Directo… more »

Prime Minister urges political parties to keep national interests above everything else

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Shri Narendra Modi compliments parties for speaking in one voice over Kashmir events Government sought cooperation of all parties on GST Bill, says Shri Ananth Kumar Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has urged all the political parties to keep national interests above any other considerations. Speaking today at a meeting of Leaders of various parties convened by the Government ahead of the Monsoon session, he said that ‘‘we represent both the people and parties and there is a need to keep national interests above anything else”. Prime Minister thanked all the political parties … more »

TRI-NETRA – Terrain imaging for diesel dRivers Infra-red, Enhanced Optical & Radar Assisted system

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Ministry of Railways, Railway Board has initiated a proposal to install TRI-NETRA systems on locomotives for enhancing the vision of Locomotive Pilots in inclement weather. TRI-NETRA stands for – Terrain imaging for diesel dRivers INfra-red, Enhanced opTical &Radar Assisted system. TRI-NETRA system shall be made up of high-resolution optical video camera, high sensitivity infra-red video camera and additionally a radar-based terrain mapping system. These three components of the system shall act as three eyes (Tri-Netra) of the Locomotive Pilot. TRI-NETRA is designed to “see” the…more »

Government Unveils Fourth Tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds. It will be open for investment by resident individuals and institutional investors from 18th to 22nd July 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of Finance has launched the 4th Tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB) and it will be open for investment by resident individuals and institutional investors from 18th to 22nd July 2016. The 4th tranche of the SGB scheme is the first series in 2016-17. Based on average of last week prices of physical gold, the issue price of the 4th tranche has been fixed at 3119 per gram of gold. SGB was announced in the Budget 2015-16 with a view to reduce the demand for physical gold, divert savings into financial instruments and in the process, to further narrow the current account … more »

MoS I&B inaugurates Iranian Film Festival

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*Films an important medium to link people and nations together* *Ministry of I&B to explore possibility of showcasing Indian Films in Iran: – Col. Rathore* Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said that Films and cultural exchanges were the best medium to promote friendship between people and nations. To take the process forward, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting would explore the possibility of showcasing a bouquet of Indian Films through a festival of Indian Films in Iran. The Minister stated this in his inaugural address at the Ira… more »

Shri Radha Mohan Singh Inaugurates 88th ICAR Foundation Day Function

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister gives away ICAR Annual Awards The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today inaugurated the 88thFoundation Day and Annual Award Function of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, ShriPrushottamRupala and Shri Sudershan Bhagat were also present on the occasion. A unique feature of the function was that about 700 farmers were also invited and an interactive session with the offici… more »

Excerpts of the PM’s inaugural address in eleventh Inter-State Council Meeting at New Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
राज्यों और केंद्र शासित प्रदेशों के मुख्यमंत्री गण व उप-राज्यपाल और कैबिनेट के मेरे सहयोगी, इंटर स्टेट काउंसिल की इस अहम बैठक में सम्मिलित होने के लिए आप सभी का मैं एक बार फिर स्वागत करता हूं। ऐसे मौके कम ही आते हैं जब केंद्र और राज्यों का नेतृत्व एक साथ एक जगह पर मौजूद हो। आम जनता के हितों पर बात करने के लिए, उनकी मुश्किलों के निपटारे के लिए, एक साथ मिलकर ठोस फैसला लेने के लिए Cooperative Federalism का यह मंच, बेहतरीन उदाहरण है। यह हमारे संविधान निर्माताओं की दूरदृष्टि को भी दर्शाता है। मैं, करीब 16 साल पहले इसी मंच से कही गई पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री और हमारे श्रद्धेय श्री अटल बिहार… more »

English rendering of excerpts of the PM’s inaugural address in eleventh Inter-State Council Meeting at New Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors of States and Union Territories, and my Cabinet colleagues, I welcome you all to this important meeting of the Inter State Council. There are only a few occasions when the leadership of the Centre and the States, assembles together. This forum of cooperative federalism is the perfect setting to deliberate on the interests of the people, address their problems, and take collective and concrete decisions. It highlights the vision of the makers of our Constitution. Let me begin by recalling what our beloved former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Va… more »

President of India inaugurates ‘India Skills-2016’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the India Skills Competition -‘India Skills-2016’ today (July 15, 2016) in New Delhi on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day. He also launched an International Skill Centre, a PMKVY 2.0, a Labour Market Information System and Skills Online. Addressing the gathering, the President congratulated the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) for their achievements in a short span of time. He said the Ministry was extremely important for the socio-economic development of our country. He said that India is a… more »

14.13 lakh BPL LPG connections released under PM Ujjwala Yojana; pmujjwalayojana.com is the official website of scheme providing authentic information

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
14.13 lakh LPG connections have been released to women of BPL families under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). The scheme is currently under operation in 487 districts of 17 states. Attention of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas has been drawn to a number of fake website which have come up on the internet on the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The official website of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana iswww.pmujjwalayojana.com. General public and other stakeholders are requested to consult only the official website for any attention information with regard to … more »

Govt organizes National Workshop on Solid and Liquid Waste Management under Swachh Bharat

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Kerala to become an ODF State by Nov 2016 The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has organized a two day National Workshop on Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) under Swachh Bharat Mission on July 15th, 16th, 2016. The workshop was inaugurated by Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation, Shri Ramesh Jigajinagi. In his inaugural address, Shri Jigajinagi said that since the day that the Prime Minister gave the Swachh Bharat call to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, there has been a national awakening for this noble task. It may be a difficult target, h…more »

Third Meeting of Consultative Committee attached to Ministry of Finance on Direct Benefit Transfer held today

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley said that Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme is a very important scheme as it transfers the benefit to the intended targeted beneficiaries. He said that Direct Benefit Transfer ensures that benefits reach the targeted population and helps in reducing leakages. The Union Finance Minister was addressing the members of Consultative Committee attached to Finance Ministry discussing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) at New Delhi today. The Finance Minister also took the opportunity to introduce the new Ministers of State for Finance Shri Arjun Ra… more »

Steep Increase in Central Assistance for Swachh Bharat Projects in Urban Areas

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
75% more Support for Solid Waste Management and Toilet Construction Construction of Urinals also now Allowed Ministry of Urban Development has announced a steep increase in central assistance to various projects under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas. Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has approved a 75% increase in central assistance for Municipal Solid Waste Management and 45% hike for construction of Community Toilets. Construction of Public toilets is now made eligible for central assistance while allowing construction of urinals which was not originally envi…more »

Shri Gadkari Takes A Study Tour Of Mississippi Inland Water Ways

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Shipping and Road Transport and Highways Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari took a tour of the world’s most commercially viable inland waterways system of the Mississippi river yesterday. This inland waterways system has 40,000 Kms. of navigable water covering almost the entire North America. Shri Gadkari was on a mission to study the structure of the Mississippi River inland waterway He exchanged views on the land port operations with the St. Louis Port authorities, assessing the feasibility of similar arrangements in making the Ganga river waterways navigable in an effective and com…more »

100 companies get government notice on CSR spend – The Economic Times

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

 

Agreement Signed Between Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited(IRSDC) And Bansal Group For The Redevelopment And Modernization Of Habibganj Railway Station

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
In the august presence of Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a programme held today at Rail Bhawan today i.e. 14th July, 2016 an agreement was signed between Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited and Bansal Group for the redevelopment and modernization of Habibganj Railway Station located in Bhopal, M.P. The Habibganj station would now be the first station to be redevelopment and this station is one of the eight such railway stations which have been allocated to IRSDC by the Ministry of Railways. Minister of State for Railways & Minister of State… more »

Call on PM Shri Narendra Modi by Mr. Gen Nakatani, Defence Minister of Japan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
Mr. Gen Nakatani, Defence Minister of Japan, called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. The Prime Minister condoled the loss of life of Japanese citizens in the terror attack in Dhaka earlier this month. The Prime Minister called for greater bilateral and multilateral cooperation against terrorism. Mr. Nakatani briefed the Prime Minister on the bilateral defence cooperation initiatives. The Prime Minister welcomed Japanese participation at the International Fleet Review in Vishakhapatnam in February 2016, and in the Malabar Exercise off the Japanese coast in June 2016. M… more »

PM congratulates Mrs. Theresa May, on taking over as the new PM of UK; appreciate contribution of Mr. David Cameron in strengthening India-UK ties

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Mrs. Theresa May, on taking over as the new Prime Minister of United Kingdom. Prime Minister also appreciated contribution of Mr. David Cameron in strengthening India-UK ties. “Congratulations to Theresa May on taking over as the new UK PM. Looking forward to working with her for stronger India-UK ties. I also appreciate the significant contribution of David Cameron in strengthening India-UK ties.”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Meeting of Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare related to National Food Security Mission

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that country has been self dependent in respect of wheat and rice. However, the real challenge which we have to face is concerned with oilseeds and pulses. Only then the food security will be ensured and people will be provided required and nutritious food grains. The Minister of Agriculture while expressing his hope said that in a few years we shall be self sufficient in the production of pulses. The Union Minister stated it today in the meeting of Consultative Committee related to National Food Secu… more »

Treat Uplifting Minorities As Duty Not A Formality: Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs has said providing better education and employment opportunities to the Minorities especially youths will be his priority. The Minister said this in a meeting with senior officials of the Minority Affairs Ministry here today. Emphasising the need to treat the issue of uplift of Minorities as a duty and not a formality, the Minister asked to construct a strong structure so that environment of prosperity and safety among the poor can be ensured and the po… more »

Government of India and ADB Sign US $ 100 Million Loan for ‘Climate Adaptation in Vennar Subbasin of Cauvery Delta project’ in Tamil Nadu

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $100 million loan agreement to strengthen key irrigation and drainage system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of the Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu. The financing will be used to strengthen embankments of six major irrigation water channels in the Vennar system and rehabilitate 13 irrigation pumping schemes. “The Cauvery river basin is a critical source of water for agriculture, both within Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states. The vast majority of the delta’s population is engaged in farming… more »

Income Declaration Scheme 2016 – Government Revises Time Schedule for Making Payments under the Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
During the course of meetings and seminars held in different parts of the country, various stakeholders have expressed concern that the time period available under the Scheme up to 30th November, 2016 for making payment of tax, surcharge and penalty is very short, especially where funds in liquid form are not readily available with the declarants. It has also been mentioned that for making payment by 30.11.2016, the declarants may have to opt for distress sale of the assets. Taking into consideration the practical difficulties of the stakeholders, the Government has decided to revi… more »

Power Ministry Undertake Several Steps to Ease the Process of “Getting Electricity” Connection

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 15 hours ago
Ministry of Power has undertaken several reforms measures to ease the process of ‘Getting Electricity’ over a period of last two years. The Government has made it mandatory to provide electricity connection within fifteen days to the consumers in normal conditions. A simplified procedure for getting electricity connection has been adopted after detailed discussions with Delhi and Maharashtra Discoms and other concerned agencies. DERC has made the necessary changes to allow LT connection up to 150 KVA and had also rationalized the tariff for the same in 2015. Ministry has also stip… more »

President complements Darjeeling Tea Association for having upheld the unique brand name of ‘Darjeeling Tea’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Darjeeling Tea Association today (July 14, 2016) in Darjeeling (West Bengal). Speaking on the occasion, the President said he was delighted to be there at the Annual General Meeting of the Darjeeling Tea Association. He complemented the Darjeeling Tea Association for having upheld the unique brand name of ‘Darjeeling Tea’ which is a welcome item on the breakfast tables of people in large number of countries. The President said tea is an important export commodity of India and promotion of te… more »

Achievements of Paradip Port in May 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
Paradip Port is one among India’s twelve Major Ports . The month of May 2016 saw Paradip Port breaking its own records in handling of commodities. Following are the major achievements of Paradip Port in the month of May, 2016:  A record quantity of 137,270 tonnes of Naptha (POL Product) was loaded during May’16 surpassing the previous record of 70,429 tonnes during Apr’16  A record quantity of 2,003,112 tonnes of POL was unloaded during the month of May’16 surpassing the previous record of 1,985,039 tonnes during the month of April’16.  A record quantity of 41,891 tonnes of H… more »

Kamarajar Port Awards Work For Modification Of Iron Ore Terminal for Handling Coal

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
Kamarajar Port Limited has signed a Concession Agreement with M/s. SIOTL for modification of its iron ore terminal so that it can handle common user coal. The decision for modification of the terminal was taken against the backdrop of the ban on export of iron ore by the State Government of Karnataka and the Hon’ble Supreme Court. KPL had entered into a contract with M/s.SICAL Iron Ore Terminal Limited in September 2006 for building the iron ore terminal on 30 years BOT(Built-Operate- Transfer) basis with an approved project cost of Rs.480 crores in two phases of 6 million tonnes ea… more »

Index Numbers of Wholesale Price in India (Base: 2004-05=100) Review for the month of June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2004-05=100) for the month of June, 2016 rose by 1.4 percent to 182.0 (provisional) from 179.4 (provisional) for the previous month. *INFLATION* The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 1.62% (provisional) for the month of June, 2016 (over June, 2015) as compared to 0.79% (provisional) for the previous month and -2.13% during the corresponding month of the previous year. Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 3.82% compared to a build up rate of 1.70% in the corresponding period o… more »

Income Declaration Scheme 2016 – Government Issues Clarifications in the form of Fourth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare their undisclosed income and assets. The Board has issued three sets of clarifications in the form of FAQs. The fourth set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing clarification on various issues are in the process of being issued and will be available on the official website of the Income Tax Department i.e., http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in later today. Queries have been received from various stakeholders whether the payment under the Scheme c… more »

Steps taken to increase Pulses Production

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Central Government is taking several measures to control the price rise of pulses. On one hand Government is trying to give relief to citizens by importing pulses from foreign countries or taking action against hoarders, on the other hand Govt has taken several steps to increase pulses production and to incentivise pulses growing farmers. Recently, Govt has given a step hike in MSP for pulse crops to encourage farmers Central govt has decided to form a committee under the Chief economic advisor, Govt of India to make a long term plan to encourage pulse growing among farmers and to r… more »

Government accepts the recommendations of Sub-Committee of the High Level Committee to interact with Trade & Industry on Tax Laws on issues relating to compliance procedure for the excise duty,records to be maintained and other relevant administrative issues.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Government has also decided to increase the SSI Eligibility limit and SSI Exemption limit for manufacturers of articles of jewellery or parts of articles of jewellery or both. In this year’s Budget, a nominal excise duty of 1% [without input and capital goods credit] or 12.5% [with input tax credit] has been imposed on articles of jewellery with simplified procedures. In this connection, the Central Government had constituted a Sub-Committee of the High Level Committee to interact with Trade & Industry on Tax Laws to interact with trade and industry on issues relating to complianc… more »

Income Declaration Scheme 2016 – Government Issues Clarifications in the form of Fourth Set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 provides an opportunity to persons who have not paid full taxes in the past to come forward and declare their undisclosed income and assets. The Board has issued three sets of clarifications in the form of FAQs. The fourth set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing clarification on various issues are in the process of being issued and will be available on the official website of the Income Tax Department i.e., http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in later today. Queries have been received from various stakeholders whether the payment under the Scheme c… more »

Chief Executive Officer NATGRID appointed

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri A.K. Patnaik, IPS (GJ: 83), Additional Director, Intelligence Bureau as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). The appointment of CEO, NATGRID will be effective from the date of assumption of charge of the post upto December 31, 2018 i.e. the date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews research activities at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan paid a visit to the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun and addressed the scientific fraternity there. He highlightedthe needs for scientific growth and India's drive for development through scientific innovation for the benefit of the society. The Minister also emphasized the need of greater participation of women scientists in Science and Technology innovation and research. During the interaction with the media persons on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the Government’s vision and… more »

Shri Vijay Goel visits ailing former Hockey captain Mohammad Shahid in hospital; wish him speedy recovery on behalf of the Prime Minister

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel today visited ailing former Hockey captain and Olympian Mohammad Shahid, who is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurgaon for liver and kidney-related issues. He inquired about his well-being and conveyed the best wishes of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the speedy recovery of the star player. Shri Goel personally met each of the family members of Mohammad. Shahid, his wife, Ms Praveen Shahid, Son, Md. Sais and daughter Ms Heena Shahid and conveyed the best wishes of the Prime Minister Shri … more »

The Integrated Child Development Scheme Being Completely Revamped To Address The Issue Of Malnutrition : Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
A National Conference of State Principal Secretaries/Secretaries in charge of Women & Child Development was held in New Delhi today. The meeting was called by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to review Integrated Child Development Scheme as well as other schemes including those related to women, child care and child protection. Representatives of Women & Child Development departments of 29 States/UTs attended the meeting. Addressing the participants, the Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the Ministry is undertaking a complete… more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Chief Executive Officer NATGRID appointed

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri A.K. Patnaik, IPS (GJ: 83), Additional Director, Intelligence Bureau as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). The appointment of CEO, NATGRID will be effective from the date of assumption of charge of the post upto December 31, 2018 i.e. the date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews research activities at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan paid a visit to the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun and addressed the scientific fraternity there. He highlightedthe needs for scientific growth and India's drive for development through scientific innovation for the benefit of the society. The Minister also emphasized the need of greater participation of women scientists in Science and Technology innovation and research. During the interaction with the media persons on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the Government’s vision and… more »

Shri Vijay Goel visits ailing former Hockey captain Mohammad Shahid in hospital; wish him speedy recovery on behalf of the Prime Minister

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) Shri Vijay Goel today visited ailing former Hockey captain and Olympian Mohammad Shahid, who is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gurgaon for liver and kidney-related issues. He inquired about his well-being and conveyed the best wishes of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the speedy recovery of the star player. Shri Goel personally met each of the family members of Mohammad. Shahid, his wife, Ms Praveen Shahid, Son, Md. Sais and daughter Ms Heena Shahid and conveyed the best wishes of the Prime Minister Shri … more »

The Integrated Child Development Scheme Being Completely Revamped To Address The Issue Of Malnutrition : Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
A National Conference of State Principal Secretaries/Secretaries in charge of Women & Child Development was held in New Delhi today. The meeting was called by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to review Integrated Child Development Scheme as well as other schemes including those related to women, child care and child protection. Representatives of Women & Child Development departments of 29 States/UTs attended the meeting. Addressing the participants, the Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that the Ministry is undertaking a complete… more »

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Assumes Independent Charge Of Minority Affairs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today assumed the charge of office of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs. Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State was assigned the Independent charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs(MoMA) last evening following resignation by Dr. Najma A. Heptulla. Later Shri Rakesh Garg ,the Secretary MoMA and other officials of the Ministry briefed the Minister . Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare constitutes a team to visit WhiteFly affected Cotton Crops areas in Punjab

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Team to visit affected areas within two days Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is sending a team to Punjab which would visit areas where cotton crops have been affected by Whitefly. A few pockets of Fazilka, Mansa and Bathinda districts are facing WhiteFly menace. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has constituted a five member team under Chairmanship of Dr. S. N. Sushil, Plant Protection Advisor DPPQ & S, Faridabad to visit affected areas within two days. After visit, team will make an assessment and will submit the report thereon. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Preparedness of Indian Railway for Monsoon Season

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Ministry of Railways has geared up its machinery to ensure safe railway operation during the current monsoon season. Railway Board has already sent instructions to all Zonal railways to do necessary preparedness and undertake appropriate precaution to ensure safe railway operation during the monsoon season. Zonal Railways at their own level have also prepared booklets of detailed guidelines for the concerned railway staff for the rainy season. In brief, following measures have been taken to ensure safe railway operations: – (i) Joint inspection of Railway affecting works (Canals, T… more »

Cabinet allows M/s. ITI Limited to transfer shares to Special National Investment Fund to meet SEBI’s minimum public shareholding requirement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the following proposal of Department of Telecommunication regarding transfer of shares by M/s ITI Limited to Special National Investment Fund (SNIF) to meet Securities and Exchange Board of India’s minimum public shareholding requirement: a) M/s ITI Limited will be allowed to transfer the requisite number of shares from President of India to SNIF as and when Capital grant is released in the form of equity infusion to M/s ITI Limited as part of revival plan approved by Cabinet i… more »

Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 60 lakh youth to be trained afresh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) with an outlay of Rs.12000 crore to impart skilling to one crore people over the next four years (2016-2020). PMKVY will impart fresh training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The target allocation between fresh trainings and RPL will be flexible and interchangeable depending on functional and operational requirements. The Scheme, completely aligned to the Common No… more »

Cabinet approves the Revised Cost Estimate of Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of Rs. 7290.62 crore for the ongoing 1020 MW Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Bhutan. The total cost escalation for the project, at this stage, is Rs.3512.82 crore. The Project will provide surplus power to India and thus augment power availability in the country and would enable project works to proceed smoothly without interruption. *Background: * The bilateral agreement to execute the Punatsangchhu-II HEP was signed between India and Bhutan …more »

Cabinet approves disinvestment of 15% in NBCC

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the disinvestment of 15% paid up equity of National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) out of Government of India’s 90% shareholding. It would result in estimated receipts of Rs.1,706 crore approximately to the Government. However, the actual realization amount will depend upon the market conditions and the investor interest prevailing at the time of actual disinvestment. The disinvestment would further broadbase NBCC’s shareholding and enhance the disinvestment re… more »

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot Reviews Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment reviewed the implementation progress of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) in the Central Advisory Committee meeting here today. Shri Gehlot said that so far an amount of Rs.201 crore has been released to the 5 pilot States and Rs.228.97 crore to States in the extended phase. The minister also said that following the success of the scheme in the 1000 pilot villages in Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, it is now extended to further 1500 Scheduled Caste majority villages in Ass… more »

Cabinet approves the facilities being extended to persons residing in India on Long Term Visa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following facilities being extended to persons from Minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians staying on Long Term Visa (LTV) in India. The move is aimed at easing out the difficulties being faced by them and includes the following:- · Opening of bank account. · Permission for purchase of property for self occupation and suitable accommodation for carrying out self – employment. · Permission to tak… more »

Cabinet approves Official amendment to the Bill for change of name from “Rajendra Central Agricultural University” to “Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University”

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for the Official amendment to the Rajendra Central Agricultural University Bill, 2015 for change of name from “Rajendra Central Agricultural University” to “Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University”. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa is to fulfill the desired goal and achieve excellence in teaching and produce the much-needed manpower educated in agriculture and allied sciences. This would help in getting over the shortage of technical manpower … more »

Cabinet approves revival of defunct Fertilizer Units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revival of defunct Fertilizer Units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni. These cinlude two closed urea units of Fertilizer Corporation India Limited (FCIL) at Sindri (Jharkhand) and Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Barauni (Bihar) unit of Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Limited (HFCL). These three fertilizers units would be revived by means of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of Public Sector Units (PSUs) namely, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Coal India Limited (CIL), Indian Oil Corporation L… more »

INS India – base depot ship of Indian Navy at New Delhi celebrates Platinum Jubilee

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
INS India, the base depot ship at New Delhi, celebrated its 75th anniversary today (13 Jul). Established as HMIS India in 1941 it was rechristened as INS India on 26 Jan 1950. The Base Depot ship (stone ship in naval parlance) has the privilege of being the Flagship of the Chief of the Naval Staff. Started as small unit with a complement of just a handful of officers and sailors, INS India is now a major establishment in New Delhi with a plethora of duties and responsibilities. In addition, the establishment provides administrative and logistics cover to all officers an… more »

Delegation of Imams meets Union Home Minister

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
A delegation of Imams led by Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief All India Imams Organization, met here today the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in the backdrop of the situation in the Kashmir Valley. The delegation expressed hope that the Government of India as well as the State Government would take every possible step on urgent basis to restore peace in Kashmir. Expressing satisfaction over the deliberations, the delegation thanked the Home Minister for the assurance to restore peace and normalcy in Kashmir valley. They also said that there is no place for terrorism and vi… more »

Shri Piyush Goyal Reviews Coal, Power, New and Renewable Energy Sectors Development in Karnataka

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri. Piyush Goyal reviewed here today issues related to Power, coal, renewable energy and mines sectors with the Govt. of Karnataka. Addressing the media after the review meeting, Shri. Goyal said that there are four ongoing power projects linking with various states to bring surplus power from the central grid to Karnataka state. 400 KV Yelahanka LILO , 400KV Dharmapuri-Somanahally D/C Line, 400 KV Madhugiri –Yelahanka D/C line and 765 KV Madhugiri –Dharmapuri (Salem New ) S/C Line are the four projects… more »

Darjeeling, a mini India, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The Government of West Bengal hosted a state reception in honour of President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Chowrasta (The Mall), Darjeeling today (July 12, 2016). Speaking on the occasion, the President said Darjeeling is mini India and not merely a simple geographic expression. It is a great melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities. The people of Darjeeling have chosen to live together and work together. India is a country of 1.28 billion people, who speak more than 100 languages and 1,600 dialects. India is home to major religions and three major ethnic groups. All l… more »

PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of the following members of the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect i) Dr. Najma A. Heptulla, and ii) Shri G.M. Siddeshwara Further, as advised by the Prime Minister of India, the President has directed that – i) Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State, shall be assigned the Independent charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs; ii) Shri Babul Supriyo, Minister of State shall be relieved of the charge of Minister of State in the Ministry of Urban Development, and Minister of … more »

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SC expands scope of right to self-defence – Times of India

HIGHLIGHTS
One can take law into hands if parents assaulted.
The ruling comes in the case of two persons who were convicted.
The Rajasthan had sentenced them to two years’ RI.

NEW DELHI: In a significant judgment that expands the boundaries of the right to self-defence, the Supreme Court has ruled that a person would be right in taking the law into his hands if he witnessed his parents or relatives being assaulted.
The landmark ruling came in the case of two persons who had been convicted by the trial court for assaulting some of their neighbours in the villagers. The Rajasthan high court upheld their conviction and sentenced them to two years’ rigorous imprisonment.
But the Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh found the facts to be a little different: It was true that the two convicts had assaulted others, but police failed to point out why the two had resorted to assault and how they had so many injury marks on their bodies, the SC reasoned while acquitting the two of all charges.

via SC expands scope of right to self-defence – Times of India

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PM Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; PM to motivate the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT…more »

Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; For First time that two Revenue Boards i.e. CBDT & CBEC are holding the Conference simultaneously; PM to motivate the Revenue Officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly services in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of… more »

General Dalbir Singh Reviews the Passing Out Parade at Officers Training Academy, Gaya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
*General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff* reviewed the 9th Passing out Parade of Officers Training Academy held on 11 June 2016 in which 92 Gentleman Cadets of the*Technical Entry Course Serial 27* along with 46 Special Commission Officers of Course Serial 36 got commissioned into the Indian Army. Another 53 Gentleman Cadets of *Technical Entry Scheme Serial 33* also proceeded to various engineering colleges of the Army to pursue their engineering degrees from *Military Engineering Colleges at Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune*. The Reviewing Officer was received at the venue by *Lieut… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

President of India condoles the passing away of Shri Inder Malhotra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Inder Malhotra. In a condolence message to his son, Shri Anil Revri, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Shri Inder Malhotra. Shri Malhotra was a doyen amongst Indian journalists. He was widely admired and respected for his scholarship, incisive commentaries as well as sharp journalistic skills. During his long career, he set the highest standards of professionalism. Shri Malhotra had a long and distinguished career, especially with … more »

Two Day Conference of States Power Ministers to be held on 16th & 17th in Goa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
A two day conference of Power, Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers of States & Union Territories will be held on 16th & 17th of this month in Goa. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. The aim of this two day conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes & host of issues pertaining to power, coal & Renewable energy sectors. Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy and Public Sector … more »

Assistive Devices Provided by Alimco will be Crucial in Achieving the Objectives of Make in India – Shri Rajnath Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs commended the Department for organizing the Mega ADIP Camp successfully in his Parliamentary Constituency, Lucknow. He said such Camps are crucial to the integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in to the mainstream and a sensitive government like the current government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi will always relentlessly work towards achieving the goal of empowerment of Divyangjans. He further added that the state-of-the-art Aids and Assistive Devices provided by ALIMCO will equip PwDs and will also be cruci… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on The eve of ‘Day Of Russia’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the eve of ‘Day of Russia’ (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the “Day of Russia” on 12 June, 2016. … more »

President of India’s Message on the eve of Independence Day of Philippines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the eve of their Independence Day (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and good wishes on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. India and the Philippines s… more »

Ministry of Civil Aviation Announces Proposed Passenger Centric Amendments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that his Ministry was committed not only to the growth of the Airline industry but also to ensure that flying for most Indians becomes a pleasant experience. In keeping with this commitment he along with MOS Dr. Mahesh Sharma, presided over a presentation made by DGCA with regard to Passenger Centric Initiatives. In the presentation, the first category of amendments have been made in CARs related to “Refund of Air Tickets”. The Ministry has proposed that the refund process should be completed within 15 working d… more »

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said here that the youth of India have immense unexplored potential which often remains unutilized, either because of lack of opportunity or lack of patronage and grooming. Dr. Jitendra Singh said this while meeting the nonagenarian Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior here yesterday. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of the 3-time… more »

Arunachal CM meets Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju met the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kalikho Pul here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Kalikho Pul sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for increase in the budget allocations for Northeast and asked him to… more »

AYUSH Minister Appeals to one and all to make Yoga a Mass Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (I/C) has called upon the people to come forward and participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations being held in Chandigarh on June 21, 2016 in large numbers and for making Yoga a mass movement especially for youth. Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the arrangements being made for the celebrations he appealed to the people from all walks of life to come forward to promote the rich cultural heritage of India especially Yoga as a unifying phenomena throughout the world. He said that Yoga is also bein… more »

List of Activities for Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the preparations for International Day of Yoga, which is to be celebrated at Chandigarh on 21st June, 2016, Union Minister of State (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik outlined the events that are to be held in this regards. The details of the events are as follows. *NATIONAL EVENT* · Mass Yoga Demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) form 7.00 AM to 7.45 AM on 21/06/2016 o Venue: Capitol Complex, Chandigarh approx. 90,000 sq. mtr. (Performance by 25000-30000 participants) · Event organized by UT Admn. in… more »

Casualties due to Toxic Gas Leak Incident from Sewage Treatment Plant Onboard INS Vikramaditya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
An incident of gas leakage on board INS Vikramaditya took place at about 5:00 PM on 10 June 2016, whilst the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs at Karwar. Maintenance work was being undertaken in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) compartment. Due to inhalation of the toxic fumes, four personnel (two naval sailors and two civilian workers) were evacuated to Naval Hospital at Karwar. Two personnel, namely Rakesh Kumar Shipwright Artificer Class 4, and Shri Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of M/s Royal Marine, succumbed due to gas inhalation. The next of kin of the deceased have be… more »

Government constitutes 3rd pay Revision Committee for the executive of CPSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises has constituted the 3rd Pay Revision Committee for the executives of undertaking under the chairmanship of Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.). The other members of the committee will be Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer, Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth Delhi and Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Executive Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. The Secretary department of Public Enterprises will be the Ex-Officio Member while the Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary, DPE will be the member secretary for the committee. The las… more »

Status of Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a project on the river Ganga , being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kms. The project envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth , which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river. Construction of multi modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works are to be undertaken as part of the project. The project is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be complet… more »

Textiles Minister briefs the media about the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar addressed a press conference on the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years of the Government; in New Delhi, on 10th June, 2016. Here are some excerpts from his address: “More than Rs. 6,500 crore has been spent by the Ministry of Textiles on various schemes, for promotion and development of the textiles sector. Approximately five lakh additional jobs have been created in the past two years in the textiles sector.” “It is important that handloom weavers get due respect as well as compensation for th…more »

Exercise Malabar – 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
In consonance with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and growing relations among India, US and Japan, IN ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch are participating in the 20th edition of Ex MALABAR-16 with the USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). IN and USN have regularly conducted the annual bilateral exercise named ‘MALABAR’ since 1992. Since 2007, MALABAR has been held alternatively off India and in the Western Pacific. The 19th edition of the exercise, Ex MALABAR-15, was conducted off Chennai and included participation by the JMSDF. The 20th edition of the exercise,…more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases – Important

National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016 : Salient Features

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju released the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 in New Delhi today. This is the first time since independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry. Speaking on the occasion Shri Raju said that the centre-piece of the policy is to make regional air connectivity a reality. He said that the policy aims to take flying to the masses by making it affordable and convenient, establish an integrated eco-system which will lead to significant growth of the civil aviation sector to promo… more »

Cabinet approves Civil Aviation Policy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Civil Aviation Policy. This is the first time since Independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. *Highlights* *The Policy aims at:* • India to become 3rd largest civil aviation market by 2022 from 9th • Domestic ticketing to grow from 8 crore in 2015 to 30 crore by 2022 • Airports having scheduled commercial flights to increase from 77 in 2016 to 127 by 2019 • Cargo volumes to increase by 4 times to 10 mi… more »

Drinking Water Ministry organizes national-level Water Conservation workshop

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, recently met the Chief Ministers of 11 drought-affected states and highlighted the importance of water conservation and optimum water utilization. At the meetings, the Prime Minister stressed that water conservation should be a continuous activity and measures should be taken in the short term, medium term and long term to conserve our limited water resources. To take this idea forward and intensify efforts, the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation organized a ‘National Workshop on Pre-Monsoon Water Conservation Measures’ in the capital… more »

Cabinet approves disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for disinvestment of 10% paid up equity of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) out of Government of India’s shareholding of 100% through Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the domestic market as per the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Rules and Regulation. The paid up equity capital of HUDCO is Rs.2001.90 crore and Government of India owns 100% 0f the equity at present. Net worth of the Company is approximately Rs. 7,800 Cr. HUDCO was i… more »

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Saudi Arabia on Labour Co-operation for General Category Workers’ Recruitment

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for the Agreement on Labour Co-operation between India and Saudi Arabia. The Agreement was signed in Riyadh on 2-3 April, 2016 during the visit of the Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia. The Agreement would benefit the Indian emigrant workers, especially in the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled categories of workers who are working in Saudi Arabia without consideration of caste, creed, religion or gender. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Cabinet appraisal of MoU between ISRO and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Space / Indian Space Research Organization (DOS/ISRO) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space. The MoU was signed in Ottawa, Canada on 15th April 2015. The MoU would lead to establishment of joint team, drawing members from ISRO and CSA, which will further work out the plan of action including examination and defining cooperative projects and the time-frame. This will also provide opportunities fo…more »

Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Non-Teaching, Public Health Specialists and General Duty Medical Officers sub-cadre of Central Health Service to 65 years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for enhancement of the age of superannuation of (i) Non-Teaching and Public Health Specialists of Central Health Service from 62 years to 65 years and (ii) Doctors of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) sub-cadre of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years. The target group would be officers of Non-Teaching, Public Health and GDMO sub-cadres of CHS. The decision would help in better patient care, proper academic activities in Medical colleges as also in effective implementation of National H… more »

Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Taiwan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of Air Services Agreement between India-Taipei Association in Taipei (India’s representative office in Taiwan) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India (Taiwan’s representative office in India). Presently there is no formal Air Services Agreement between India and Taiwan and the Air Services are governed by an MoU exchanged between Air India Charters Limited (AIRL) and Taipei Airlines Associations (TAA). The Air Services Agreement signifies an important landmark in the ci… more »

Cabinet approves signing of contract for Exploration of Poly metallic Sulphides between India and International Seabed Authority

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of 15 years contract by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for undertaking exploration and other developmental activities related to Polymetallic Sulphides in the allotted area of 10,000 sq km. It will be done in parts of Central and South – West Indian Ridges (SWIR), located in the Indian Ocean. By signing the 15 year contract, India’s exclusive rights for exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides in the allotted Area in the Central Indian Ri… more »

Cabinet approves of 4/6 laning of Kharar-Ludhiana Section of NH-95 (New NH-05) in Punjab

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the development of 4/6 laning of Kharar-Ludhiana Section of NH-95 (New NH-05) in Punjab. The cost is estimated to be Rs.2069.70 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 76 kms. This work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V in Hybrid Annuity Mode. The project will help in expediting the improvement of inf…more »

Cabinet approves India’s Membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for Indian membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) consortium by signing an MoU with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for geosciences. This is a government-funded, Public Law Foundation of the State of Brandenburg, Germany. By signing the MoU on the membership for a period of five years with ICDP, India would enable engaging internationally renowned experts with profound expertise in different aspects of scientific drilling in order… more »

Ministry of Tourism celebrates International Yoga Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind; and on 11th Dec. 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution and it had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature. Ministry of Tourism is undertaking following activities for publicity and promotion and to market Yoga and its benefits worldwide : Publicity Division: · Creatives of posters… more »

India continues to be Polio-Free

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
Special Immunization Drive to be taken up in Hyderabad and Rangareddy Districts India continues to be polio free as the country has eradicated wild polio virus and the last case was seen on 13th January, 2011, and it is more than 5 years that no wild polio virus has been detected. There have been some media reports that polio virus (P2 strain) has resurfaced in India for the first time in 5 years. However, it is not true as detected polio virus strain is vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV) in a sewage sample collected near the Secunderabad railway station. However, no children have be… more »

Full text of interview of President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to “Fraternite Matin” of Cote d’Ivoire

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
*1. What is the state of bilateral relations between India and the Ivory Coast?* At the outset, let me say that I bring warm greetings from the people of India to the people of Cote d’Ivoire. I am greatly looking forward to visiting Cote d’Ivoire at the invitation of President Alassane Ouattara on the first ever Presidential visit to from India. This is also personally the first time I am travelling to your beautiful country. India values its friendship and longstanding cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire. Our bilateral relations have steadily grown and rest today on the founda… more »

Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in response to welcome speech by President of Cote D’ivoire on june 14, 2016 in Abidjan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
It is indeed a singular honour for me to be the first Head of State of India to pay a visit to your beautiful country. I am deeply touched by the warm welcome accorded to me – and to my delegation – and the unstinting hospitality extended to us since our arrival. 2. I feel greatly honoured, Excellency, by your gesture of conferring on me the National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast. I consider it to be emblematic of the long standing mutual friendship between the peoples of our two countries. 3. It is rightly believed that the mutual goodwill between India and Ivory Coast … more »

Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU) with an objective to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process. Ministry has designated Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning pro… more »

India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting cote D’ivoire in its economic development and growth, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
His Excellency Mr. Alassane Ouattara, the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire hosted a Banquet in honour of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Abidjan yesterday (June 14, 2016). In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting Cote d’Ivoire in its economic development and growth. Over years of working together closely for the benefit of our peoples, our two Governments have developed a successful framework for our bilateral co-operation. We have, over the decades, created unique bonds of trust and mutual underst…more »

Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the India-Ghana Kofi Annan Centre for excellence in Accra on June 14, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
1. It is a great pleasure for me to visit the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. I am accompanied by Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, H’ble Dr. Jitendra Singh, H’ble Shri Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, Member of the Lok Sabha, the House of the People and H’ble Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. We bring with us warm greetings and good wishes of the Government and people of India. 2. I am particularly delighted to interact with the students and trainees here. I see in each one of you great promise … more »

Ministry of Railways Signs JV Agreement with Government of Odisha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Ministry of Railways signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Govt. of Odisha today i.e. 14.06.2016. Shri A K Mittal, Member Engineering, Railway Board presided over the signing function. The agreement was signed by Shri V. P Dudeja, ED/Works on behalf of Ministry of Railways and Shri Sanjay Rastogi, Pr. Secretary/ Transport, Govt. of Odisha. This is a very important step for formation of Joint Venture Company for development of Railway Infrastructure in the State. The company shall identify projects to be developed and find avenues for financing of the same. Ministry of Railways and… more »

Smt. Mercy kutty Amma, Fisheries Minister of Kerala called on Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Smt. Mercy Kutty Amma, the Fisheries Minister of Kerala called on Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare here today. During the meeting, a number of important issues related to the fisheries sector in Kerala were discussed. The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare informed that the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry has restructured the fisheries development schemes with focused development of Marine and Inland Fishery Sectors. Some of the important issues submitted by the Fisheries Minister of Kerala included empowerment of trad…more »

What are psychographics? definition and meaning

psychographics

Definition
Analysis of consumer lifestyles to create a detailed customer profile. Market researchers conduct psychographic research by asking consumers to agree or disagree with activities, interests, and opinions statements. Results of this exercise are combined with geographic (place of work or residence) and demographic (age, education, occupation, etc.) characteristics to develop a more ‘lifelike’ portrait of the targeted consumer segment.

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

What are psychographics? definition and meaning

psychographics

Definition
Analysis of consumer lifestyles to create a detailed customer profile. Market researchers conduct psychographic research by asking consumers to agree or disagree with activities, interests, and opinions statements. Results of this exercise are combined with geographic (place of work or residence) and demographic (age, education, occupation, etc.) characteristics to develop a more ‘lifelike’ portrait of the targeted consumer segment.

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TERM OF THE DAY – STRATEGY

TERM OF THE DAY JUNE 13, 2016
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1. A method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solutionto a problem.
2. The art and science of planning and marshalling resources for their most efficient and effective use. The term is derived from the Greek word for generalship or leading an army. See also tactics.
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The international market is currently four times the size of the American one and growing, making it an essential part of any company’s expansion strategy.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari condemns the mass shooting in Florida, USA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 53 minutes ago
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has condemned the mass shooting in Florida, USA. He said that there can be no justification for such barbaric and reprehensible acts and pluralist and open societies that stand for peace and share values of humanism have to work together in dealing with this scourge. *Following is the text of the Vice President’s message: * “I am shocked by the horrific attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed and injured. There can be no justifi… more »

Address by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Banquet hosted in his honour by President of Ghana in Accra on June 12, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
1. It is indeed my privilege to visit the Republic of Ghana on the first ever State Visit by a President of India. I am accompanied by a delegation of Parliamentarians that represent diverse regions of our country. 2. We bring the warm greetings of the people and Government of India. I would, at the very outset like to convey my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome extended to me and to my delegation and the excellent arrangements that have been made for us since our arrival. 3. Excellencies, the goodwill between the peoples of India and G… more »

IAF MIG-27 Aircraft Crash near Jodhpur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
An IAF Mig 27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur near the Air Base on 13 Jun 16 at about 1130 hrs. The aircraft was airborne from Jodhpur Air Base and was on a routine training-flying sortie. The pilot ejected safely. A Court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the accident. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Ghana can always count on India’s hand of friendship and Co-operation, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic Ghana hosted a Banquet in honour of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Accra yesterday (June 12, 2016). In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said the India-Ghana brotherhood is anchored in our similar experiences, nurtured by the shared aspirations of our peoples and guided by the vision of our Founding Fathers. India will continue to extend the hand of co-operation to Ghana as it marches towards prosperity. Ghana can always count on India’s hand of friendship and co-operation. India will be h… more »

President of India expresses shock and sadness over deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, USA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee expressed shock and deep sadness over the deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, USA. In a message to the President of USA, His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, the President had said “I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando earlier today. I offer my deepest sympathies to all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We believe that there can be no justification for such senseless acts of vio… more »

147 villages electrified last week ; 8,242 villages electrified till date under DDUGJY

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
147 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 6th to 12 th June 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 4 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh , 76 in Assam, 28 in Jharkhand, 2 in Rajasthan ,9 in Madhya Pradesh , 6 in Odisha, 2 in Manipur, 1 in Uttar Pradesh , 10 in Bihar, 3 in Chhattisgarh, and 6 in Meghalaya . The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked onhttp://garv.gov.in/dashboard *An update on ongoing electrification process* In view of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra … more »

Gorkha community has served the nation in difficult times: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Gorkha community has served the nation in most difficult times, through thick and thin, and the stories of their bravery, valour and patriotism are an example for others. Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking to a delegation of “Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha”, a national organization of Gorkhas in India, who called on him … more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; PM to motivate the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT…more »

Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; For First time that two Revenue Boards i.e. CBDT & CBEC are holding the Conference simultaneously; PM to motivate the Revenue Officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly services in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of… more »

General Dalbir Singh Reviews the Passing Out Parade at Officers Training Academy, Gaya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff* reviewed the 9th Passing out Parade of Officers Training Academy held on 11 June 2016 in which 92 Gentleman Cadets of the*Technical Entry Course Serial 27* along with 46 Special Commission Officers of Course Serial 36 got commissioned into the Indian Army. Another 53 Gentleman Cadets of *Technical Entry Scheme Serial 33* also proceeded to various engineering colleges of the Army to pursue their engineering degrees from *Military Engineering Colleges at Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune*. The Reviewing Officer was received at the venue by *Lieut… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

President of India condoles the passing away of Shri Inder Malhotra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Inder Malhotra. In a condolence message to his son, Shri Anil Revri, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Shri Inder Malhotra. Shri Malhotra was a doyen amongst Indian journalists. He was widely admired and respected for his scholarship, incisive commentaries as well as sharp journalistic skills. During his long career, he set the highest standards of professionalism. Shri Malhotra had a long and distinguished career, especially with … more »

Two Day Conference of States Power Ministers to be held on 16th & 17th in Goa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
A two day conference of Power, Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers of States & Union Territories will be held on 16th & 17th of this month in Goa. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. The aim of this two day conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes & host of issues pertaining to power, coal & Renewable energy sectors. Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy and Public Sector … more »

Assistive Devices Provided by Alimco will be Crucial in Achieving the Objectives of Make in India – Shri Rajnath Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs commended the Department for organizing the Mega ADIP Camp successfully in his Parliamentary Constituency, Lucknow. He said such Camps are crucial to the integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in to the mainstream and a sensitive government like the current government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi will always relentlessly work towards achieving the goal of empowerment of Divyangjans. He further added that the state-of-the-art Aids and Assistive Devices provided by ALIMCO will equip PwDs and will also be cruci… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on The eve of ‘Day Of Russia’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the eve of ‘Day of Russia’ (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the “Day of Russia” on 12 June, 2016. … more »

President of India’s Message on the eve of Independence Day of Philippines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the eve of their Independence Day (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and good wishes on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. India and the Philippines s… more »

Ministry of Civil Aviation Announces Proposed Passenger Centric Amendments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that his Ministry was committed not only to the growth of the Airline industry but also to ensure that flying for most Indians becomes a pleasant experience. In keeping with this commitment he along with MOS Dr. Mahesh Sharma, presided over a presentation made by DGCA with regard to Passenger Centric Initiatives. In the presentation, the first category of amendments have been made in CARs related to “Refund of Air Tickets”. The Ministry has proposed that the refund process should be completed within 15 working d… more »

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said here that the youth of India have immense unexplored potential which often remains unutilized, either because of lack of opportunity or lack of patronage and grooming. Dr. Jitendra Singh said this while meeting the nonagenarian Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior here yesterday. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of the 3-time… more »

Arunachal CM meets Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju met the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kalikho Pul here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Kalikho Pul sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for increase in the budget allocations for Northeast and asked him to… more »

. Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari condemns the mass shooting in Florida, USA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 53 minutes ago
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has condemned the mass shooting in Florida, USA. He said that there can be no justification for such barbaric and reprehensible acts and pluralist and open societies that stand for peace and share values of humanism have to work together in dealing with this scourge. *Following is the text of the Vice President’s message: * “I am shocked by the horrific attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed and injured. There can be no justifi… more »

Address by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Banquet hosted in his honour by President of Ghana in Accra on June 12, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
1. It is indeed my privilege to visit the Republic of Ghana on the first ever State Visit by a President of India. I am accompanied by a delegation of Parliamentarians that represent diverse regions of our country. 2. We bring the warm greetings of the people and Government of India. I would, at the very outset like to convey my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome extended to me and to my delegation and the excellent arrangements that have been made for us since our arrival. 3. Excellencies, the goodwill between the peoples of India and G… more »

IAF MIG-27 Aircraft Crash near Jodhpur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
An IAF Mig 27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur near the Air Base on 13 Jun 16 at about 1130 hrs. The aircraft was airborne from Jodhpur Air Base and was on a routine training-flying sortie. The pilot ejected safely. A Court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the accident. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Ghana can always count on India’s hand of friendship and Co-operation, says President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic Ghana hosted a Banquet in honour of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Accra yesterday (June 12, 2016). In his banquet speech, President Mukherjee said the India-Ghana brotherhood is anchored in our similar experiences, nurtured by the shared aspirations of our peoples and guided by the vision of our Founding Fathers. India will continue to extend the hand of co-operation to Ghana as it marches towards prosperity. Ghana can always count on India’s hand of friendship and co-operation. India will be h… more »

President of India expresses shock and sadness over deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, USA

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee expressed shock and deep sadness over the deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando, USA. In a message to the President of USA, His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, the President had said “I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the deadly attack against innocent civilians in Orlando earlier today. I offer my deepest sympathies to all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We believe that there can be no justification for such senseless acts of vio… more »

147 villages electrified last week ; 8,242 villages electrified till date under DDUGJY

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
147 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 6th to 12 th June 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 4 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh , 76 in Assam, 28 in Jharkhand, 2 in Rajasthan ,9 in Madhya Pradesh , 6 in Odisha, 2 in Manipur, 1 in Uttar Pradesh , 10 in Bihar, 3 in Chhattisgarh, and 6 in Meghalaya . The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked onhttp://garv.gov.in/dashboard *An update on ongoing electrification process* In view of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra … more »

Gorkha community has served the nation in difficult times: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Gorkha community has served the nation in most difficult times, through thick and thin, and the stories of their bravery, valour and patriotism are an example for others. Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking to a delegation of “Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha”, a national organization of Gorkhas in India, who called on him … more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; PM to motivate the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT…more »

Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; For First time that two Revenue Boards i.e. CBDT & CBEC are holding the Conference simultaneously; PM to motivate the Revenue Officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly services in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of… more »

General Dalbir Singh Reviews the Passing Out Parade at Officers Training Academy, Gaya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff* reviewed the 9th Passing out Parade of Officers Training Academy held on 11 June 2016 in which 92 Gentleman Cadets of the*Technical Entry Course Serial 27* along with 46 Special Commission Officers of Course Serial 36 got commissioned into the Indian Army. Another 53 Gentleman Cadets of *Technical Entry Scheme Serial 33* also proceeded to various engineering colleges of the Army to pursue their engineering degrees from *Military Engineering Colleges at Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune*. The Reviewing Officer was received at the venue by *Lieut… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

President of India condoles the passing away of Shri Inder Malhotra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Inder Malhotra. In a condolence message to his son, Shri Anil Revri, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Shri Inder Malhotra. Shri Malhotra was a doyen amongst Indian journalists. He was widely admired and respected for his scholarship, incisive commentaries as well as sharp journalistic skills. During his long career, he set the highest standards of professionalism. Shri Malhotra had a long and distinguished career, especially with … more »

Two Day Conference of States Power Ministers to be held on 16th & 17th in Goa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
A two day conference of Power, Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers of States & Union Territories will be held on 16th & 17th of this month in Goa. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. The aim of this two day conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes & host of issues pertaining to power, coal & Renewable energy sectors. Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy and Public Sector … more »

Assistive Devices Provided by Alimco will be Crucial in Achieving the Objectives of Make in India – Shri Rajnath Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs commended the Department for organizing the Mega ADIP Camp successfully in his Parliamentary Constituency, Lucknow. He said such Camps are crucial to the integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in to the mainstream and a sensitive government like the current government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi will always relentlessly work towards achieving the goal of empowerment of Divyangjans. He further added that the state-of-the-art Aids and Assistive Devices provided by ALIMCO will equip PwDs and will also be cruci… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on The eve of ‘Day Of Russia’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the eve of ‘Day of Russia’ (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the “Day of Russia” on 12 June, 2016. … more »

President of India’s Message on the eve of Independence Day of Philippines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the eve of their Independence Day (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and good wishes on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. India and the Philippines s… more »

Ministry of Civil Aviation Announces Proposed Passenger Centric Amendments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that his Ministry was committed not only to the growth of the Airline industry but also to ensure that flying for most Indians becomes a pleasant experience. In keeping with this commitment he along with MOS Dr. Mahesh Sharma, presided over a presentation made by DGCA with regard to Passenger Centric Initiatives. In the presentation, the first category of amendments have been made in CARs related to “Refund of Air Tickets”. The Ministry has proposed that the refund process should be completed within 15 working d… more »

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said here that the youth of India have immense unexplored potential which often remains unutilized, either because of lack of opportunity or lack of patronage and grooming. Dr. Jitendra Singh said this while meeting the nonagenarian Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior here yesterday. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of the 3-time… more »

Arunachal CM meets Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju met the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kalikho Pul here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Kalikho Pul sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for increase in the budget allocations for Northeast and asked him to… more »

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PM Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of CBDT &CBEC entitled “राजस्व ज्ञानसंगम – Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; PM to motivate the revenue officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly service in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT…more »

Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
Prime Minister to inaugurate the two day “Annual Conference of Tax Administrators 2016” on 16th June, 2016 in the national capital; For First time that two Revenue Boards i.e. CBDT & CBEC are holding the Conference simultaneously; PM to motivate the Revenue Officers towards achieving high standards in taxpayer friendly services in view of fast paced changes in the world economy and to address some of the challenges that these Departments face in this scenario The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Senior Tax Administrators of… more »

General Dalbir Singh Reviews the Passing Out Parade at Officers Training Academy, Gaya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
*General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff* reviewed the 9th Passing out Parade of Officers Training Academy held on 11 June 2016 in which 92 Gentleman Cadets of the*Technical Entry Course Serial 27* along with 46 Special Commission Officers of Course Serial 36 got commissioned into the Indian Army. Another 53 Gentleman Cadets of *Technical Entry Scheme Serial 33* also proceeded to various engineering colleges of the Army to pursue their engineering degrees from *Military Engineering Colleges at Secunderabad, Mhow and Pune*. The Reviewing Officer was received at the venue by *Lieut… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

Distribution of LPG connections to Women from BPL households under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of LokSabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families durin… more »

President of India condoles the passing away of Shri Inder Malhotra

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran journalist Shri Inder Malhotra. In a condolence message to his son, Shri Anil Revri, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Shri Inder Malhotra. Shri Malhotra was a doyen amongst Indian journalists. He was widely admired and respected for his scholarship, incisive commentaries as well as sharp journalistic skills. During his long career, he set the highest standards of professionalism. Shri Malhotra had a long and distinguished career, especially with … more »

Two Day Conference of States Power Ministers to be held on 16th & 17th in Goa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
A two day conference of Power, Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers of States & Union Territories will be held on 16th & 17th of this month in Goa. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. The aim of this two day conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes & host of issues pertaining to power, coal & Renewable energy sectors. Ministers and Secretaries of the States and Union territories and senior officials of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy and Public Sector … more »

Assistive Devices Provided by Alimco will be Crucial in Achieving the Objectives of Make in India – Shri Rajnath Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs commended the Department for organizing the Mega ADIP Camp successfully in his Parliamentary Constituency, Lucknow. He said such Camps are crucial to the integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in to the mainstream and a sensitive government like the current government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi will always relentlessly work towards achieving the goal of empowerment of Divyangjans. He further added that the state-of-the-art Aids and Assistive Devices provided by ALIMCO will equip PwDs and will also be cruci… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on The eve of ‘Day Of Russia’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the eve of ‘Day of Russia’ (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the “Day of Russia” on 12 June, 2016. … more »

President of India’s Message on the eve of Independence Day of Philippines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the eve of their Independence Day (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and good wishes on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. India and the Philippines s… more »

Ministry of Civil Aviation Announces Proposed Passenger Centric Amendments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that his Ministry was committed not only to the growth of the Airline industry but also to ensure that flying for most Indians becomes a pleasant experience. In keeping with this commitment he along with MOS Dr. Mahesh Sharma, presided over a presentation made by DGCA with regard to Passenger Centric Initiatives. In the presentation, the first category of amendments have been made in CARs related to “Refund of Air Tickets”. The Ministry has proposed that the refund process should be completed within 15 working d… more »

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said here that the youth of India have immense unexplored potential which often remains unutilized, either because of lack of opportunity or lack of patronage and grooming. Dr. Jitendra Singh said this while meeting the nonagenarian Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior here yesterday. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of the 3-time… more »

Arunachal CM meets Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju met the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kalikho Pul here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Kalikho Pul sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for increase in the budget allocations for Northeast and asked him to… more »

AYUSH Minister Appeals to one and all to make Yoga a Mass Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (I/C) has called upon the people to come forward and participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations being held in Chandigarh on June 21, 2016 in large numbers and for making Yoga a mass movement especially for youth. Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the arrangements being made for the celebrations he appealed to the people from all walks of life to come forward to promote the rich cultural heritage of India especially Yoga as a unifying phenomena throughout the world. He said that Yoga is also bein… more »

List of Activities for Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the preparations for International Day of Yoga, which is to be celebrated at Chandigarh on 21st June, 2016, Union Minister of State (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik outlined the events that are to be held in this regards. The details of the events are as follows. *NATIONAL EVENT* · Mass Yoga Demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) form 7.00 AM to 7.45 AM on 21/06/2016 o Venue: Capitol Complex, Chandigarh approx. 90,000 sq. mtr. (Performance by 25000-30000 participants) · Event organized by UT Admn. in… more »

Casualties due to Toxic Gas Leak Incident from Sewage Treatment Plant Onboard INS Vikramaditya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
An incident of gas leakage on board INS Vikramaditya took place at about 5:00 PM on 10 June 2016, whilst the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs at Karwar. Maintenance work was being undertaken in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) compartment. Due to inhalation of the toxic fumes, four personnel (two naval sailors and two civilian workers) were evacuated to Naval Hospital at Karwar. Two personnel, namely Rakesh Kumar Shipwright Artificer Class 4, and Shri Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of M/s Royal Marine, succumbed due to gas inhalation. The next of kin of the deceased have be… more »

Government constitutes 3rd pay Revision Committee for the executive of CPSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises has constituted the 3rd Pay Revision Committee for the executives of undertaking under the chairmanship of Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.). The other members of the committee will be Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer, Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth Delhi and Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Executive Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. The Secretary department of Public Enterprises will be the Ex-Officio Member while the Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary, DPE will be the member secretary for the committee. The las… more »

Status of Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a project on the river Ganga , being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kms. The project envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth , which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river. Construction of multi modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works are to be undertaken as part of the project. The project is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be complet… more »

Textiles Minister briefs the media about the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar addressed a press conference on the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years of the Government; in New Delhi, on 10th June, 2016. Here are some excerpts from his address: “More than Rs. 6,500 crore has been spent by the Ministry of Textiles on various schemes, for promotion and development of the textiles sector. Approximately five lakh additional jobs have been created in the past two years in the textiles sector.” “It is important that handloom weavers get due respect as well as compensation for th…more »

Exercise Malabar – 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
In consonance with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and growing relations among India, US and Japan, IN ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch are participating in the 20th edition of Ex MALABAR-16 with the USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). IN and USN have regularly conducted the annual bilateral exercise named ‘MALABAR’ since 1992. Since 2007, MALABAR has been held alternatively off India and in the Western Pacific. The 19th edition of the exercise, Ex MALABAR-15, was conducted off Chennai and included participation by the JMSDF. The 20th edition of the exercise,…more »

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Assistive Devices Provided by Alimco will be Crucial in Achieving the Objectives of Make in India – Shri Rajnath Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs commended the Department for organizing the Mega ADIP Camp successfully in his Parliamentary Constituency, Lucknow. He said such Camps are crucial to the integration of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in to the mainstream and a sensitive government like the current government under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi will always relentlessly work towards achieving the goal of empowerment of Divyangjans. He further added that the state-of-the-art Aids and Assistive Devices provided by ALIMCO will equip PwDs and will also be cruci… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on The eve of ‘Day Of Russia’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the eve of ‘Day of Russia’ (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey warm greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and the Government and people of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the “Day of Russia” on 12 June, 2016. … more »

President of India’s Message on the eve of Independence Day of Philippines

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of the Philippines on the eve of their Independence Day (June 12, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and good wishes on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. India and the Philippines s… more »

Ministry of Civil Aviation Announces Proposed Passenger Centric Amendments

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that his Ministry was committed not only to the growth of the Airline industry but also to ensure that flying for most Indians becomes a pleasant experience. In keeping with this commitment he along with MOS Dr. Mahesh Sharma, presided over a presentation made by DGCA with regard to Passenger Centric Initiatives. In the presentation, the first category of amendments have been made in CARs related to “Refund of Air Tickets”. The Ministry has proposed that the refund process should be completed within 15 working d… more »

Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said here that the youth of India have immense unexplored potential which often remains unutilized, either because of lack of opportunity or lack of patronage and grooming. Dr. Jitendra Singh said this while meeting the nonagenarian Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior here yesterday. Balbir Singh Senior was a member of the 3-time… more »

Arunachal CM meets Dr Jitendra Singh and Shri Kiren Rijiju

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju met the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Kalikho Pul here today and discussed a wide range of issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Shri Kalikho Pul sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s intervention for increase in the budget allocations for Northeast and asked him to… more »

AYUSH Minister Appeals to one and all to make Yoga a Mass Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (I/C) has called upon the people to come forward and participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations being held in Chandigarh on June 21, 2016 in large numbers and for making Yoga a mass movement especially for youth. Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the arrangements being made for the celebrations he appealed to the people from all walks of life to come forward to promote the rich cultural heritage of India especially Yoga as a unifying phenomena throughout the world. He said that Yoga is also bein… more »

List of Activities for Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
Addressing a press conference at Chandigarh today regarding the preparations for International Day of Yoga, which is to be celebrated at Chandigarh on 21st June, 2016, Union Minister of State (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik outlined the events that are to be held in this regards. The details of the events are as follows. *NATIONAL EVENT* · Mass Yoga Demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) form 7.00 AM to 7.45 AM on 21/06/2016 o Venue: Capitol Complex, Chandigarh approx. 90,000 sq. mtr. (Performance by 25000-30000 participants) · Event organized by UT Admn. in… more »

Casualties due to Toxic Gas Leak Incident from Sewage Treatment Plant Onboard INS Vikramaditya

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 10 hours ago
An incident of gas leakage on board INS Vikramaditya took place at about 5:00 PM on 10 June 2016, whilst the ship was undergoing maintenance repairs at Karwar. Maintenance work was being undertaken in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) compartment. Due to inhalation of the toxic fumes, four personnel (two naval sailors and two civilian workers) were evacuated to Naval Hospital at Karwar. Two personnel, namely Rakesh Kumar Shipwright Artificer Class 4, and Shri Mohandas Kolambkar, an employee of M/s Royal Marine, succumbed due to gas inhalation. The next of kin of the deceased have be… more »

Government constitutes 3rd pay Revision Committee for the executive of CPSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises has constituted the 3rd Pay Revision Committee for the executives of undertaking under the chairmanship of Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.). The other members of the committee will be Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer, Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth Delhi and Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Executive Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. The Secretary department of Public Enterprises will be the Ex-Officio Member while the Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary, DPE will be the member secretary for the committee. The las… more »

Status of Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a project on the river Ganga , being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kms. The project envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth , which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river. Construction of multi modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works are to be undertaken as part of the project. The project is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be complet… more »

Textiles Minister briefs the media about the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar addressed a press conference on the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years of the Government; in New Delhi, on 10th June, 2016. Here are some excerpts from his address: “More than Rs. 6,500 crore has been spent by the Ministry of Textiles on various schemes, for promotion and development of the textiles sector. Approximately five lakh additional jobs have been created in the past two years in the textiles sector.” “It is important that handloom weavers get due respect as well as compensation for th…more »

Exercise Malabar – 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In consonance with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and growing relations among India, US and Japan, IN ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch are participating in the 20th edition of Ex MALABAR-16 with the USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). IN and USN have regularly conducted the annual bilateral exercise named ‘MALABAR’ since 1992. Since 2007, MALABAR has been held alternatively off India and in the Western Pacific. The 19th edition of the exercise, Ex MALABAR-15, was conducted off Chennai and included participation by the JMSDF. The 20th edition of the exercise,…more »

NH Construction : Status Of Kailash-Mansarovar, Chardham , Buddhist Circuit And Ram-Van-Gaman And Ram-Janaki Routes

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*Kailash-Mansarovar Route Through Ghatiabagarh-Lipulekh Road In Uttarakhand* The Ghatibagarh-Lipulekh road *(G.S. Road with BRO) * is under construction funded by Ministry of Defence. The length of this road is 75.54 kms and it is a part of Mansarovar Yatra route. The line sketch of road is as under. Connected Connected Km 0.00 Km 2.90 Km 29.00 Km 45.00 Km 62.00 Km 75.54 Ghatiabagarh (Gunji Helipad) … more »

India Post launches logo and tagline design contest for IPPB on MyGov

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Department of Posts on 10.6.16 launched a logo and tagline design contest for the soon to be set up India Post Payments Bank on the MyGov website. The Cabinet has on 1st June 2016, given its nod to the setting up of the IPPB under the Department of Posts to further financial inclusion in the country. Department of Post wants to connect with and involve the people of India in designing the DNA of the India Post Payments Bank. One of the guiding principles of the India Post Payments Bank would be cocreating value propositions and products with its customers and other stakeholders… more »

Green Port initiatives at Cochin

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The World Environment Day was celebrated in Cochin Port Trust with various programmes including planting of saplings, awareness class on Environment Protection Act and Rules etc. Shri G. Senthilvel, Chairman and Heads of Department planted saplings near Samudrika Convention Centre. Ms. Rameena, Assistant Engineer, Pollution Control Board, Kerala State conducted the awareness class for employees. Cochin Port Trust also proposes planting of 500 saplings in the port area and office premises during this monsoon season. Cochin Port has been promoting several “GREEN PORT” initiatives whi… more »

Skill Development Training for the residents of villages around Kamarajar Port

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Kamarajar Port has taken up Skill development training under CSR initiatives for the local fishermen community at a cost of Rs.1,57,50,000/-. The training will be imparted by MRF Institute of Driver Development, Chennai and National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad. The training by MRF Institute has already started. KPL is incurring the cost of training, transport and also stipend. MRF Institute will give training to 196 applicants in driving. The National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad will give training to 865 applicants i… more »

Ministry of Shipping Awards – 2015-16

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In view of the excellent performance by Port Trusts during the year 2015-16, the Ministry of Shipping has rewarded the best performers. The awards were conferred during the review meeting held in Goa earlier this month. The awards were given in four categories namely: 1) Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16 2) Port with highest growth rate in traffic 3) Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters 4) Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus 5) Special Award *The winners * The winners of the above mentioned awards were: *Top Th… more »

‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft bill ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016 ’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’. This step is being taken keeping in view the need to give more autonomy and flexibility to the Major Ports and to bring in a professional approach in their governance. *Salient Feature of the ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016* The salient features of the new Bill are: a) Composition of board has been simplified. The board will consist of 9 members including 3 to 4 independent members instead of 17-19 under the Port Trust Model. Provisions… more »

I&B Ministry frames New Print Media Advertisement policy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
*Policy to focus on Transparency & Equity in release of Government ads* Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has framed a New Print Media Advertisement Policy for Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP) with the objective to promote transparency and accountability in issuing of advertisements in print media. The policy focuses on streamlining release of Government advertisements and to also promote equity and fairness among various categories of newspapers/periodicals. The key highlights of the policy are as follows: *Promoting Transparency & Accountability* For the fi… more »

What is freelance? definition and meaning

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Working on a contract basis for a variety of companies, as opposed to working as an employee for a single company. Freelancers are often considered to be self-employed, and have the freedom to pick and choose their projects and companies they would like to be associated with. A common profession for freelancing is writing; a writer then has the ability to submit their work to many different places, without being tied to any one company in particular.

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Government constitutes 3rd pay Revision Committee for the executive of CPSUs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises has constituted the 3rd Pay Revision Committee for the executives of undertaking under the chairmanship of Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.). The other members of the committee will be Shri Jugal Mohapatra, Ex-IAS Officer, Prof. Manoj Panda, Director, Institute for Economic Growth Delhi and Shri Shailendra Pal Singh, Executive Director (HR), NTPC Ltd. The Secretary department of Public Enterprises will be the Ex-Officio Member while the Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary, DPE will be the member secretary for the committee. The las… more »

Status of Jal Marg Vikas Project on River Ganga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
‘Jal Marg Vikas’ is a project on the river Ganga , being developed between Allahabad and Haldia to cover a distance of 1620 kms. The project envisages development of a fairway with three metres depth , which would enable commercial navigation of at least 1500 ton vessels on the river. Construction of multi modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works are to be undertaken as part of the project. The project is being implemented with technical and investment support from World Bank and would be complet… more »

Textiles Minister briefs the media about the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar addressed a press conference on the initiatives and achievements of the Ministry during the past two years of the Government; in New Delhi, on 10th June, 2016. Here are some excerpts from his address: “More than Rs. 6,500 crore has been spent by the Ministry of Textiles on various schemes, for promotion and development of the textiles sector. Approximately five lakh additional jobs have been created in the past two years in the textiles sector.” “It is important that handloom weavers get due respect as well as compensation for th…more »

Exercise Malabar – 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
In consonance with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and growing relations among India, US and Japan, IN ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch are participating in the 20th edition of Ex MALABAR-16 with the USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). IN and USN have regularly conducted the annual bilateral exercise named ‘MALABAR’ since 1992. Since 2007, MALABAR has been held alternatively off India and in the Western Pacific. The 19th edition of the exercise, Ex MALABAR-15, was conducted off Chennai and included participation by the JMSDF. The 20th edition of the exercise,…more »

NH Construction : Status Of Kailash-Mansarovar, Chardham , Buddhist Circuit And Ram-Van-Gaman And Ram-Janaki Routes

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
*Kailash-Mansarovar Route Through Ghatiabagarh-Lipulekh Road In Uttarakhand* The Ghatibagarh-Lipulekh road *(G.S. Road with BRO) * is under construction funded by Ministry of Defence. The length of this road is 75.54 kms and it is a part of Mansarovar Yatra route. The line sketch of road is as under. Connected Connected Km 0.00 Km 2.90 Km 29.00 Km 45.00 Km 62.00 Km 75.54 Ghatiabagarh (Gunji Helipad) … more »

India Post launches logo and tagline design contest for IPPB on MyGov

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Department of Posts on 10.6.16 launched a logo and tagline design contest for the soon to be set up India Post Payments Bank on the MyGov website. The Cabinet has on 1st June 2016, given its nod to the setting up of the IPPB under the Department of Posts to further financial inclusion in the country. Department of Post wants to connect with and involve the people of India in designing the DNA of the India Post Payments Bank. One of the guiding principles of the India Post Payments Bank would be cocreating value propositions and products with its customers and other stakeholders… more »

Green Port initiatives at Cochin

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The World Environment Day was celebrated in Cochin Port Trust with various programmes including planting of saplings, awareness class on Environment Protection Act and Rules etc. Shri G. Senthilvel, Chairman and Heads of Department planted saplings near Samudrika Convention Centre. Ms. Rameena, Assistant Engineer, Pollution Control Board, Kerala State conducted the awareness class for employees. Cochin Port Trust also proposes planting of 500 saplings in the port area and office premises during this monsoon season. Cochin Port has been promoting several “GREEN PORT” initiatives whi… more »

Skill Development Training for the residents of villages around Kamarajar Port

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Kamarajar Port has taken up Skill development training under CSR initiatives for the local fishermen community at a cost of Rs.1,57,50,000/-. The training will be imparted by MRF Institute of Driver Development, Chennai and National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad. The training by MRF Institute has already started. KPL is incurring the cost of training, transport and also stipend. MRF Institute will give training to 196 applicants in driving. The National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad will give training to 865 applicants i… more »

Ministry of Shipping Awards – 2015-16

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
In view of the excellent performance by Port Trusts during the year 2015-16, the Ministry of Shipping has rewarded the best performers. The awards were conferred during the review meeting held in Goa earlier this month. The awards were given in four categories namely: 1) Top Three Ports in achieving the RFD targets in 2015-16 2) Port with highest growth rate in traffic 3) Port with best improvement in efficiency parameters 4) Best Port to achieve the highest growth rate in operating surplus 5) Special Award *The winners * The winners of the above mentioned awards were: *Top Th… more »

‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a draft bill ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016 ’ to replace the ‘Major Port Trust Act, 1963’. This step is being taken keeping in view the need to give more autonomy and flexibility to the Major Ports and to bring in a professional approach in their governance. *Salient Feature of the ‘The Central Port Authorities Act’ 2016* The salient features of the new Bill are: a) Composition of board has been simplified. The board will consist of 9 members including 3 to 4 independent members instead of 17-19 under the Port Trust Model. Provisions… more »

I&B Ministry frames New Print Media Advertisement policy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
*Policy to focus on Transparency & Equity in release of Government ads* Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has framed a New Print Media Advertisement Policy for Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP) with the objective to promote transparency and accountability in issuing of advertisements in print media. The policy focuses on streamlining release of Government advertisements and to also promote equity and fairness among various categories of newspapers/periodicals. The key highlights of the policy are as follows: *Promoting Transparency & Accountability* For the fi… more »

NRDC inks MoA with Andhra Pradesh government to start Agribusiness incubation centers

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Andhra Pradesh Government through its* AP Food Processing Society* has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the National Research Development Corporation, an Enterprise of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (NRDC) to strengthen the agribusiness & food processing sector by establishing *Smart Agribusiness Platform Networks of Andhra Pradesh (SAPNAP)*. These networks will focus on creation of enabling ecosystem for accelerated growth of agribusiness by involving all the stakeholders. SAPNAP … more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari releases the report “Road Accidents in India 2015”: reiterates commitment to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50 per cent by 2020

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 11 hours ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the report “Road Accidents in India 2015” in New Delhi today. Road accidents have emerged as a major public health problem globally, and more so in India where almost 5 lakh accidents occurred last year, killing 1,46000 people and leaving thrice the number injured. With one of the highest motorization growth rate in the world, accompanied by rapid expansion in road network and urbanization over the years, our country is faced with serious impacts on road safety levels. According to the report compiled by the Tra… more »

Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda addresses UNGA High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Highlights India’s success in containing HIV *Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare addressed the UNGA High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS at New York, yesterday.* *Following is the text of the address:* I am happy to join all of you today for this High Level meeting on HIV/AIDS. I also commend the efforts of the Permanent Representatives of Switzerland and Zambia for steering the difficult negotiations of the draft Declaration to a successful conclusion. We have come a long way in our collective fight against the spread of the AIDS epidemic that had engulf… more »

Statement by Inspector General Wildlife on Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Following is the text of the statement made by Inspector General Wildlife, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. S. K Khanduri, on human-wildlife conflicts, here today: “India is proud of its animal-human coexistence. In some places, animal- human conflicts happen. Last year, more than 500 people lost their lives in human-wildlife conflicts. There are standard operating processes laid down in the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Therefore, the Ministry has not given any permission to kill either Deer, Peacock or Elephant. There are many complaints from Members of … more »

NRDC inks MoA with Andhra Pradesh government to start Agribusiness incubation centers

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Andhra Pradesh Government through its* AP Food Processing Society* has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the National Research Development Corporation, an Enterprise of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (NRDC) to strengthen the agribusiness & food processing sector by establishing *Smart Agribusiness Platform Networks of Andhra Pradesh (SAPNAP)*. These networks will focus on creation of enabling ecosystem for accelerated growth of agribusiness by involving all the stakeholders. SAPNAP … more »

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd. and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for facilitating Investment from Qatar in the infrastructure sector in India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
With a view to attracting investments from Qatar under the umbrella of NIIF, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd. entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on 5th June, 2016 during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Doha on June 4th and 5th , 2016. The MoU was signed by Mr. Abdullah Bin Mohamed Al Thani, CEO of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Mr. Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs on behalf of NIIF Ltd. The objective of the MoU is to facilitate QIA to study inves… more »

Indian Navy and Coast Guard Assist MV Infinity I

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
At about 7:30 PM on 08 June 2016, a merchant ship MV Infinity I,approximately 20 NM off Goa coast, reported water ingress and continuous listing (nautical term for tilting) to starboard (right side of the ship). The vessel had reported that the list is increasing despite ship’s de-watering efforts. Since such emergencies can lead to the sinking of the ship, Indian Naval Ship Trikand from Western Naval Command immediately responded to the call. Despite heavy seas the ship responded immediately (at about 9:00 PM on 08 June 16) by sending team of 4 personnel including 2 officers and h… more »

Skill Development Training for the residents of villages around Kamarajar Port

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Kamarajar Port has taken up Skill development training under CSR initiatives for the local fishermen community at a cost of Rs.1,57,50,000/-. The training will be imparted by MRF Institute of Driver Development, Chennai and National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad. The training by MRF Institute has already started. KPL is incurring the cost of training, transport and also stipend. MRF Institute will give training to 196 applicants in driving. The National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad will give training to 865 applicants i… more »

Shri Gadkari addresses first meeting of Shipping Ministry’s Advisory Committee on Skill Development : Calls for low cost, job – oriented, quality training for the youth

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Advisory Committee on Skill Development constituted by the Ministry of Shipping held its first meeting in New Delhi yesterday. The committee was constituted in April this year to help organizations under the Shipping Ministry identify existing skill gaps and work out road maps for up-scaling their skill development initiatives . Speaking on the occasion the Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari called upon the committee members to help maritime organizations work out skill development solutions that could provide low cost, quality training to th… more »

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Health Editors briefed on latest research on Yoga

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 minutes ago
Special Efforts being made to involve Divyangs in the Yoga Day functions: AYUSH Minister In the run up to the International Day of Yoga, 2016 a National Health Editor’s conference on “Yoga for Holistic Health – Recent Researches” was organized today by the Ministry of AYUSH in association with Press Information Bureau, Government of India at the National Media Centre. The event was inaugurated by the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, and seven eminent experts from diverse fields presented recent researches in the field of Yoga demonstrating it… more »

Jadavpur University, Kolkata wins National Youth Parliament Competition Kashmir University, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra win Merit Trophies Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy felicitates winners; calls for promotion of clean politics

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 minutes ago
Jadavpur University, Kolkata has won the 12th National Youth Parliament Competition for Universities and Colleges conducted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Thirty institutions from across the country participated in the competition. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy felicitated the winners of the competition. The Running Parliamentary Shield and Trophy for 2014-15 was presented to Jadavpur University here today. Merit Trophies were presented to : Dayalb… more »

Commerce Ministry approves establishment of Mega Leather Cluster at Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 minutes ago
The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has given approval to establishment of Mega Leather Cluster at Kota Mandal, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. Minister of Commerce & Industry Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in a letter to the Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh mentioned that "It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that proposal for establishment of Mega Leather Cluster at Kota Mandal, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh has been approved with a central government assistance of Rs 125 Crores". The project sanctioned under Indian Leather Development program would create state of the art infras… more »

Live interview on my GovIndia by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 minutes ago
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, today here said that his Government is making all efforts to double farmer incomes in next five years. Agriculture Minister said this in a live interview on My GovIndia, here today. She Singh said that nothing substantial was done for the farmers so far but his Government has changed the perception and working with great commitments towards farmers welfare. Shri Singh said that Central Government has increased the budget from Rs. 15809 crore to Rs. 35,984 crore for agriculture and farmers welfare. Rs. 500 cr… more »

Private providers in higher education have largely grown in a policy vacuum: Vice President

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Releases the book ‘The Education President’ and presents the first copy to the President of India The Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the private providers in higher education have largely grown in a policy vacuum. He was addressing after releasing and presenting to the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the first copy of book titled ‘The Education President’, compiled and brought out by International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building of the O.P. Jindal Global University, here today. The Vice President said that since independen… more »

Financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund to Ms Heena Sidhu, Shooter for training during June – August 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the enhancement of budget for Heena Sidhu from Rs 75.00 lacs to Rs 1.00 Crore (Rupees One Crore only) under TOP Scheme for training and other support till Olympics 2016. It has also approved release of advance for her training during June-August, 2016 as explained below: S No Particulars Estimated cost Advance approved (90%) 1 Training Camp in Germany in June 2016 (21 days) Euro 9010 Euro 7009 (90% of Euro 9010 less Euro 1100*) 2 Training Camp in Germany in July 2016 (23 days) Euro 9695 Euro 8725 3 Coaching fee to Mr. Pierre Beauchamp… more »

Second meeting of the Governing Council of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) held under the Chairmanship of the Union Finance Minister to review the status of actions taken for the operationalisation of the NIIF and to provide the road map for further activities; NIIF Website also launched by the Finance Minister on the occasion.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
The Second Meeting of the Governing Council of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) was held here today under the Chairmanship of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in order to review the status of actions taken for the operationalisation of the NIIF and to provide the road map for further activities. The following members of the Governing Council attended the meeting. (i) Finance Minister Chairman (ii) Secretary, DEA Member (iii) Secretary, Financial Services Member (iv) Ms Arundhati Bhattacharya … more »

Joint Committee on the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debt Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seek views and suggestions from various stakeholders and public on the provisions of the said Bill by 22nd June, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debt Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the Houses, under the Chairmanship of Shri Bhupender Yadav, M.P. for examination and presenting a Report to the Parliament. The Bill seeks to amend the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, the Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, the Indian Stamps Act, 1899 and the Depositories Act, 1996 with the aim to improve eas…more »

Text of speech by Minister of State for AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik at the inauguration of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health-Recent researches, at National Media Centre here today. Following is the text of the Minister’s speech- Dignitaries on the dais, experts of Yoga and Allied sciences, delegates and Friends from Print and Electronic Media…. It is indeed a matter of great pleasure that the M/o AYUSH, Govt. of India in association with the Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India is organising a Nati… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi’s Keynote Speech at 40th AGM of US India Business Council (USIBC)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 4 hours ago
Ladies & Gentlemen, 1. I am delighted to be here again amidst such a large and distinguished gathering of political and business leaders. Earlier today, I had the pleasure of meeting President Obama and we shared our thoughts on a wide range of issues concerning our two nations. India’s bilateral relationship with the United States is stronger than ever and we both agreed that the future would be even brighter. 2. I am speaking to you at a time when the global economy continues to be weak. Several parts of the world are still facing very difficult conditions. This is a time when … more »

Cane price arrears for sugar season 2015-16 come down to Rs. 6,225 crore

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Sugarcane price arrears for sugar season 2015-16 have come down to *Rs. 6,225 crore*. As on 8.06.2016, about *87% cane dues have been paid* for the season. During the corresponding period of last year these dues were *Rs. 19,437 crore*. State wise cane price arrears for sugar season 2015-16 are as follows:- *Name of State* *Dues at FRP (in Rs./cr.)* Bihar 143 Punjab 28 Uttrakhand 198 Uttar Pradesh 2428 Andhra Pradesh 181 Telangana 99 Gujarat 255 Maharashtra 883 Karnataka 1325 Tamil Nadu 610 Puducherry 11 Chhattisgarh 15 Odisha 32 Madhya Pradesh 16 Goa 1 Total dues 6225 Courtesy: pib.nic… more »

Observational Campaign to study Small-Scale Processes and Large-Scale Monsoon Variability under a Joint Indo-UK Effort

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 5 hours ago
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) launched the *National Monsoon Mission* program in 2012 with an aim to improve monsoon prediction at all temporal and spatial scales through joint efforts of national and international scientific communities. Although there has been considerable progress in research in monsoon modelling and predictions, however processes operating at small scales pose a major challenge towards improved prediction. Paucity of data at smaller space and time scales, have a major effect on the large-scale variability of the monsoon. Improved understanding of the smaller…more »

Shri Piyush Goyal Releases Book ‘The World in 2050- Striving for a more just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community’

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy released book titled*‘The World in 2050- Striving for a More Just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community'* written by Shri Harinder S. Kohli here today. While delivering Keynote address, Shri Goyal said that the 10 Megatrends that this book have articulated are relevant and extremely important for all of us to reflect on. The Minister discussed various issues raised in the book at the event. Talking about women empowerment, Shri Piyush Goyal said that women have potential to determine destiny … more »

Text of speech by Minister of State for AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik at the inauguration of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health-Recent researches, at National Media Centre here today. Following is the text of the Minister’s speech- Dignitaries on the dais, experts of Yoga and Allied sciences, delegates and Friends from Print and Electronic Media…. It is indeed a matter of great pleasure that the M/o AYUSH, Govt. of India in association with the Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India is organising a Nati… more »

Documents signed/finalized in the run up to the visit of Prime Minister of India to the US

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
*S.No* *Title* *Description* *Signatories* *Date/Place of signature* 1. Arrangement between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the Government of the United States of America for the exchange of Terrorist Screening Information As per this Arrangement, India and the US shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.The Arrangement would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the US. *India:* Sh… more »

India-US Joint Statement during the visit of Prime Minister to USA (The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of the United States of America Barack Obama met today in the White House during an official working visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United States. Marking their third major bilateral summit, the leaders reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India that is rooted in shared values of freedom, democracy, universal human rights, tolerance and pluralism, equal opportunities for all citizens, and rule of law. They pledged to pursue new opportunities to bolster economic growth and sustainab… more »

Fact Sheet on the framework for the US-India Cyber Relationship

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 7 hours ago
Cooperation on cyber issues is a key component of the bilateral relationship between India and the United States. The two countries have a strategic cyber relationship that reflects their shared values, common vision, and shared principles for cyberspace. Both sides recognize the value of enhancing and further institutionalizing their broad-based cooperation on cyber issues, and in that respect, intend to complete a framework based on the following shared principles and intended forms of cooperation. Shared principles for the U.S-India cyber relationship include: • A commitment t… more »

Stakeholders Commitment Made RE Targets Achiveable Says Shri Piyush Goyal

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 8 hours ago
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said that efforts & commitment of all stakeholders made Renewable Energy (RE) targets achievable. Shri Goyal was addressing first National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power here today . On the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal gave away 41 awards to the best performing Ministries/Departments, State/UT Governments, State Nodal Agencies, State/UT Electricity Regulatory Commissions and Channel Partners during the event. Congratulating the awardees, Shri Goyal said that such awards not only encourage awardees … more »

Shri Nitin Gadkari launches the TCI –IIM report on the Operational Efficiency of Freight Transportation by Road in India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the TCI –IIM Calcutta joint study report on the operational efficiency of freight transportation by road in India in New Delhi today. The report is based on a study commissioned by the Transport Corporation of India (TCI), of 28 routes in the country over the period 2014-15. Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that he would soon constitute a group within the Ministry to study the report and implement its recommendations. He said that his Ministry has taken many steps to facilitate safe, seamle… more »

NDMA-Civil Society engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
In its efforts to engage with the civil society to enhance disaster preparedness, mitigation and response measures at the community level, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met representatives from various Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Panchayats and other stakeholders here yesterday. Shri R. K. Jain, Member, NDMA, who chaired the meeting, said it was very important for NDMA and civil society to work together for disaster preparedness and mitigation. Calling NGOs and Civil Society Organisations a natural partner, NDMA emphasized upon their role in improving pr… more »

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Shri Nitin Gadkari launches the TCI –IIM report on the Operational Efficiency of Freight Transportation by Road in India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the TCI –IIM Calcutta joint study report on the operational efficiency of freight transportation by road in India in New Delhi today. The report is based on a study commissioned by the Transport Corporation of India (TCI), of 28 routes in the country over the period 2014-15. Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that he would soon constitute a group within the Ministry to study the report and implement its recommendations. He said that his Ministry has taken many steps to facilitate safe, seamle… more »

NDMA-Civil Society engagement for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 12 hours ago
In its efforts to engage with the civil society to enhance disaster preparedness, mitigation and response measures at the community level, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met representatives from various Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Panchayats and other stakeholders here yesterday. Shri R. K. Jain, Member, NDMA, who chaired the meeting, said it was very important for NDMA and civil society to work together for disaster preparedness and mitigation. Calling NGOs and Civil Society Organisations a natural partner, NDMA emphasized upon their role in improving pr… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to receive first copy of book ‘The Education President’ tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 13 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of a book “The Education President” tomorrow (May 8, 2016) at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President will receive the book from Vice President, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari who will formally release it. The book “The Education President” published by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building, OP Jindal Global University highlights President Mukherjee’s contribution to the field of higher education as Visitor to 116 institutions of higher learning in India…. more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi greets the Muslim community on Ramzan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the Muslim community on Ramzan. “As the holy month of Ramzan commences, I convey my greetings to the Muslim community. May Ramzan deepen the bond of brotherhood and the spirit of harmony in our society”, the Prime Minister said. View image on Twitter [image: View image on Twitter] Follow Narendra Modi ✔@narendramodi As Ramzan commences, I convey my greetings. 2:04 AM – 7 Jun 2016

PM Shri Narendra Modi’s engagements in Washington DC – June 6th, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived in Washington DC on Monday afternoon. He laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the Arlington Cemetery. He also laid a wreath at the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial. Mr. Jean Pierre Harrison, husband of Astronaut Kalpana Chawla – who perished in the Columbia tragedy – was present. Astronaut Sunita Williams was also among those who were present on the occasion. The Prime Minister attended a ceremony for the return of idols to India. The US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the process had begun for returning as m… more »

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Richard Bistrong: My Ten Commandments of Goal Setting

Last week I attended a one-day event at the NYU Stern School of Business, hosted byEthical Systems and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association.

During one session, “Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Incentives to Perform vs. Incentives to Cheat,” Professor Lisa D. Ordóñez of the University of Arizona talked about goals.

Some conluding questions in an article Professor Ordóñez referenced and co-wrote, “Goals Gone Wild: The Systematic Side Effects of Over-Prescribing Goal Setting,” inspired me to come up with my Ten Commandments of Goal Setting.

Here they are:

1.  Don’t be over specific. “Narrow goals can blind people to important aspects of a problem.” Let’s remember, organizational success goes beyond a single performance indicator.

2.  Don’t go wild on stretching. The underbelly of a stretch goal is often a penalty for non-performance. Such fear of failure can drive loss aversion and excessive risk-taking, especially where a front-line employee is getting close to the goal. As Georgetown Law Professor Donald Langevoort said during the NYU program, the closer an employee gets to a goal but where it remains “still out of reach” the greater the potential for an irrational calculation of ethical and compliance risk to make plan. In other words, in such a situation, “the fear of demise, real or perceived, is more likely to drive compliance problematic behavior than to solve it.”

3. Watch who sets the goals. Remember, the people who set goals often have the greatest discretion, as well as financial stress, so we shouldn’t forget that they are also vulnerable to unwanted risk-taking.

4.  Make sure the time horizon is appropriate. A recent study (pdf) by Institute for Business Ethics addressed how short-term goals and financial targets are one of the greatest causes of corporate misconduct. Be careful to avoid the tunnel vision of the current quarter to the detriment of long term outcomes.

5. Avoid goals that promote excessive risk taking. As Professor Langevoort shared, “The impulses that are want or desired oriented are more automatic than the deliberative process that ethical reasoning takes.” Compliance executives should be a part of goal setting discussions with business unit leaders to make sure compliance programs and goal setting are aligned, and to understand which goals might be setting you up for situational compliance failure.

6. Understand which goals in your business might corrupt your culture.As Professor Langevoort reminds us, “People under stress and pressure can delegitimize messages which are meant to have value.” Understanding where those distortions occur before they hit the field can be a tremendous compliance asset to keep culture strong where it is often at greatest risk — the front-lines of business.

7. Calibrate goals to individual abilities but preserve organizational fairness. Different people possess different skill sets, and there’s nothing wrong with adjusting goals to the individual as long as it does not degrade the use of common standards to promote a sense of teamwork and fairness.

8. Understand how your goals influence organizational culture. Carsten Tams is the SVP for Ethics and Compliance at Bertelsmann. He shared during a program session that “we need to help people self-actualize their capacity for ethical behavior.” That’s a great way to think about how goals might be bolstering or diluting an employee’s contribution to, and perception of, corporate culture.

9. Make sure your goals promote intrinsic motivation. As Mr. Tams said, “The more we audit and control the less we focus on intrinsic self-governance.” So let’s not forget that we are dealing with people, not data, and heed to Mr. Tams when he recommends “inviting employees to contribute to the compliance dialog as an agent of ethical behavior.”

10. When setting goals, ask yourself what is the ultimate goal of the organization? We work in complex, changing environments. Do static goals address those dynamics, or does there need to be a hierarchy of long and  short term goals?

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Jeffrey Kaplan writes and edits the great Coflict of Interest Blog. At the NYU event, he said, “We are not as ethical as we think, so we need smarter ethics and compliance programs of all types.”

Think of someone at the front-lines of international business, tired, jet-lagged, depleted and stressed. In other words, the worst possible moment to make a decision.

If at that point, when the fear of non-performance may be highest, and the pressure to keep and get business the greatest, do your goals and the way you set them send all the right ethical and compliance messages? If they do, then you really have a program that takes hold at what could be its weakest moment. That’s the true strength of an effective compliance and ethics program.

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Richard Bistrong is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog and CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC. He was named one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics for 2015. He consults, writes and speaks about compliance issues. He can be contacted by email here and on twitter @richardbistrong. He’ll be a speaker at the FCPA BlogNYC Conference 2016.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Shri Piyush Goyal to Inaugurate National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 hours ago
Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said that Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, and New & Renewable Energy will inaugurate National Workshop on Roof Top Solar (RTS) Power on 7th June 2016. He said that the aim of the workshop is to act as a helpdesk and felicitate people in installing rooftop solar projects. While interacting with media, Shri Tripathy said that these rooftop projects transforms homes into investment and empowers owner with loss free electricity. The Secretary appealed for mass involvement through med…more »

Residual pretensions – Hopelessness versus revolutionary politics in Bengal’s Left

noreply@blogger.com (Swapan Dasgupta) at Usual Suspects – 3 hours ago
By Swapan Dasgupta The Nuffield studies of each British general election since 1945 are valued to two reasons. First, they assess an election campaign from all possible angles, from the perspective of politicians to the media coverage of the exercise. However, far more important, these studies approach the elections, not from how it appeared in hindsight but how they seemed “in flight.” This is particularly valuable as it prevents sweeping generalisations of how an election campaign seemed before the final counting of votes and declaration of results. It is important to inject this… more »

Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ launched

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 3 hours ago
“With the success the programme has become, I believe we would again touch the number of four crore vultures in the country in the next 10 years” – – Union Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, speaking of the vulture breeding and conservation programme being carried out by the Government of Haryana in Pinjore. The Minister was speaking after launching Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ along with the Haryana Chief Minister, Shri Manohar Lal, at Pinjore today. They jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Jatayu Conservation Breeding Cen… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, USA and Mexico

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will be visiting Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America and Mexico from June 4, 2016 to June 8, 2016. In a series of posts from his Facebook Account, the Prime Minister said: “Looking forward to my visit to Afghanistan tomorrow. I will join President Ashraf Ghani to inaugurate Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam in Herat. It is symbol of our friendship and would usher in hope, light up homes, nourish the fertile fields of Herat and bring prosperity to the people of the region. Look forward to meet my friend President… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Afghan-India Friendship Dam WAPCOS Executes Landmark Infrastructure Project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 6 hours ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) with President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani in Herat province in Western Afghanistan tomorrow. Afghan-India Friendship Dam is a Multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power, irrigating 75000 hectares of land, water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan. Salma Dam is a landmark infrastructure project undertaken by Government of India on river Chist-e-Sharif, in Herat province of Afghanistan. The project is executed and implemented by WAPCOS Ltd., a G…more »

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination 2016 all over India on 26th June, 2016 (Sunday). The Commission has uploaded the e-Admit Cards for the examination for the convenience of the admitted candidates (Reasons/grounds for rejecting of application in respect of rejected candidates are also uploaded) on its website (http://www.upsc.gov.in). The candidates are advised to download their e-Admit Cards for the examination and take a printout thereof. The admitted candidates will have to produce the printout o… more »

Airports Authority of India participates in 65th Plenary Session of the North East Council

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 21 hours ago
Airports Authority of India participated in the 65th Plenary Session of the North East Council at Shillong on 27th May 2016. The event was organized by Ministry of Development of North East Region and the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), Govt. of India. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion. This was followed by a public rally. The theme of the celebration was “*Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai Aage Badh Raha Hai”* The event was preceded by the 65th Plenary Session of the North East Council at another venue in Shillong, in which … more »

Atrocities against the SCs should be curbed –Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
This is need of the hour that all the States and UTs should tackle the incidents of atrocities against Scheduled Castes but also ensure the perpetrators are brought to book expeditiously and the victims are appropriately compensated, this was stated by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot in the meeting of Principal Secretaries of States/UTs of Social Justice Department held here today. *Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment presiding the Meeting of Principal Secretaries from various States* Shri … more »

India announces plan to Double the Investment in next 5 years in Clean Energy Research

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan led the Indian delegation at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial(CEM7) and the Inaugural Mission Innovation Meet at San Francisco, held on 1st and 2nd of June, 2016. India has been a member of CEM since its inception and has joined 8 out of 13 CEM initiatives. India is a Founding Member of the Steering Committee of the Mission Innovation and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint Research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement. Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Tec… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee attends the Golden Jubilee Convocation of Indira Gandhi Medical College

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the Golden Jubilee Convocation of Indira Gandhi Medical College today (June 3, 2016) in Shimla. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that for graduating students Convocation is the culmination of long years of academic work. He told them that while entering the new phase of life they should remember that the skill and knowledge they have acquired over the years will help them overcome future hurdles. He urged them to have commitment and a sense of responsibility towards the society and the country. The President said … more »

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviews Border Management

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju reviewed the Border Management here today. Secretary (Border Management), Shri Susheel Kumar along with senior officials of the Department of Border Management were present in the meeting. Secretary (Border Management) briefed the Ministers about the progress of border security infrastructure, programmes of Border Management and the way forward. It was informed that 4374 km fence, 5329.6 km border roads, 3974 km floodlights and 2420 nos. Border Out Posts (BOPs) have been cons… more »

First Meeting of Governing Council of National Skill Development Mission held under Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The first meeting of the Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) was held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 2 June 2016. In his remarks at the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed on the need for proper skill mapping and identification of the future requirements for skills, so that school-children and parents are well aware of the emerging trends in the job market. Further, he said a similar exercise should also be done to map the skilled manpower requirements at the global level, so that India can meet the g… more »

Exchange of terrorist screening information Arrangement between India and USA signed

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
An Arrangement between the authorized governmental agencies of the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America (USA) for exchange of terrorist screening information was signed here today. The Arrangement was signed by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi and Mr. Richard Verma, Ambassador of the United States of America to India. As per this Arrangement, both sides shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. The Arrangement would enhance the c…more »

Short term Yoga programmes included in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a decision to include short term yoga programmes in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa. Realizing the spread and importance of yoga world over, the Government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” in the list of permissible activities under Tourist Visa. Besides, the Government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” and “short duration medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine” in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa. Presently, a Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner … more »

PM Narendra Modi greets the people of Telangana on Statehood Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Telangana on their Statehood Day. The PM also extended his wishes to the people of Andhra Pradesh. “On the Statehood Day of Telangana, my greetings to the people of Telangana. I hope the state progresses to new heights in the years to come. I convey my greetings to my sisters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh. My best wishes as the state continues to develop at a rapid pace”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

National Disaster Management Plan, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), 2016 here yesterday. This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country. Minister of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh, Minster of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority were present during the function. Click here for http://pibphoto.nic.in/documents/rlink/2016/jun/p20166201.pdf *National Disaster Management Plan, 2016*, a publication of the National Disaster Manag… more »

M/o Tourism Formulates Action Plan for Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
Ministry of Tourism has formulated an Action Plan for “Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme”. The salient features of the Action Plan are as follows:- 1. As Home Stay / Bed & Breakfast is the need of the hour, it was decided to revisit the scheme guidelines and update it based on present and future requirements. 2. To ensure expansion of Home Stay Scheme in State where it is already prevalent and introduction where it is not there. 3. Move towards ease of doing business through rationalization of taxes, simplification of procedures etc. 4. Launch an aggressive ma… more »

Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity. The total expenditure involved in this project is Rs 800 Crore. All citizens, especially 40% of the country’s population that is outside the ambit of formal banking in the country will benefit from this project. The project will be rolled out in the entire country in a phased manner. The IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI b… more »

Cabinet approves Procurement Quota to M/s. ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of Department of Telecommunications regarding continuation of reservation quota for M/s. ITI Limited in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL). The approval consists of the following: i. To continue the Reservation Quota policy for M/s. ITI Ltd. by reserving: a. 30% of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for M/s. ITI Ltd. for the products manufactured by it and for those outsourced items in which there is a min… more »

Cabinet approves MSP for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 2 days ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season. The prices would be effective from 1.10.2016. The higher MSPs would increase investment and production through assured remunerative prices to farmers. The approved MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) which takes into account the cost of production, overall demand-supply, domestic and international prices, inter-crop price parity, terms of trade bet…more »

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Exchange of terrorist screening information Arrangement between India and USA signed

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
An Arrangement between the authorized governmental agencies of the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America (USA) for exchange of terrorist screening information was signed here today. The Arrangement was signed by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi and Mr. Richard Verma, Ambassador of the United States of America to India. As per this Arrangement, both sides shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. The Arrangement would enhance the c…more »

Short term Yoga programmes included in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a decision to include short term yoga programmes in Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa. Realizing the spread and importance of yoga world over, the Government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” in the list of permissible activities under Tourist Visa. Besides, the Government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” and “short duration medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine” in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa. Presently, a Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner … more »

PM Narendra Modi greets the people of Telangana on Statehood Day

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people of Telangana on their Statehood Day. The PM also extended his wishes to the people of Andhra Pradesh. “On the Statehood Day of Telangana, my greetings to the people of Telangana. I hope the state progresses to new heights in the years to come. I convey my greetings to my sisters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh. My best wishes as the state continues to develop at a rapid pace”, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

National Disaster Management Plan, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), 2016 here yesterday. This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country. Minister of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh, Minster of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority were present during the function. Click here for http://pibphoto.nic.in/documents/rlink/2016/jun/p20166201.pdf *National Disaster Management Plan, 2016*, a publication of the National Disaster Manag… more »

M/o Tourism Formulates Action Plan for Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
Ministry of Tourism has formulated an Action Plan for “Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Scheme”. The salient features of the Action Plan are as follows:- 1. As Home Stay / Bed & Breakfast is the need of the hour, it was decided to revisit the scheme guidelines and update it based on present and future requirements. 2. To ensure expansion of Home Stay Scheme in State where it is already prevalent and introduction where it is not there. 3. Move towards ease of doing business through rationalization of taxes, simplification of procedures etc. 4. Launch an aggressive ma… more »

Cabinet approves setting up of India Post Payments Bank

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 19 hours ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts, with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity. The total expenditure involved in this project is Rs 800 Crore. All citizens, especially 40% of the country’s population that is outside the ambit of formal banking in the country will benefit from this project. The project will be rolled out in the entire country in a phased manner. The IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI b… more »

Cabinet approves Procurement Quota to M/s. ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of Department of Telecommunications regarding continuation of reservation quota for M/s. ITI Limited in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL). The approval consists of the following: i. To continue the Reservation Quota policy for M/s. ITI Ltd. by reserving: a. 30% of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for M/s. ITI Ltd. for the products manufactured by it and for those outsourced items in which there is a min… more »

Cabinet approves MSP for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season. The prices would be effective from 1.10.2016. The higher MSPs would increase investment and production through assured remunerative prices to farmers. The approved MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) which takes into account the cost of production, overall demand-supply, domestic and international prices, inter-crop price parity, terms of trade bet…more »

Cabinet approves Additional allocations for the BPL and APL families in non NFSA State

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for additional monthly allocation of 41,800 tonnes of foodgrains for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families at BPL rates and 20,507 tonnes of foodgrains for Above Poverty Line (APL) families at 2/3rd of Minimum Support Price (MSP) rates to three non-National Food Security Act (NFSA) States, namely, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Nagaland, from April to June, 2016 or till implementation of NFSA by the respective State, whichever is earlier. *Background: * NFSA has come into fo… more »

Cabinet approves Mau-Tarighat New Railway line project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for a new broad gauge line between Mau Station of North Eastern Railway and Tarighat Terminal station of East Central Railway. The total length of this new broad gauge line will be 51 kilometers. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1765.92 crore and expected completion cost is Rs.2109.07 crore with 5 percent escalation per annum. The project is likely to be completed in the next six years during 12th and 13th Plan period. This project will provide alternative, s… more »

Cabinet approves the Proposal for Amendment to the Resolutions dated 03rd March 1987 of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the proposal for Amendment to the Resolutions dated 3rd March 1987 of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB). The proposed amendments are as under: (a) selection of candidates from State Public Enterprises and Private Sector as non-internal candidates for a period of five years for appointment in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs); (b) holding of office by the Chairperson and Members of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for a period of 3 y… more »

Cabinet approves MOU between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the French Civil Aviation Authority

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the French Civil Aviation Authority – Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) of France to implement Technical Cooperation Programme for promotion and implementation of Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The MoU has been signed on behalf of the two countries after its approval by the t…more »

Cabinet apprised of the signing of MOU between India and Brunei Darussalam in the field of Youth and Sports Affairs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between India and Brunei Darussalam in the field of Youth and Sports Affairs. The MoU between the two countries was signed on 2-02-2016 at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Areas of cooperation between the two countries include exchange programmes in the fields of youth and sports, exchange programmes for the training of officers and trainers, promotion of sports between the participants with respect to sports facilities, sports equipment, … more »

Cabinet approves MoU between USA and India to enhance cooperation in wildlife conservation

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. With the approval, India will benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation and management of wildlife areas and in combating illegal trade of wildlife and their derivatives. *Background: * India and the United States of America are endowed with rich biodiversity … more »

Cabinet approves signing and ratification of Agreement between India and Qatar on Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and ratifying of an Agreement between India and Qatar on Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters. The Agreement aims to entering into a bilateral Agreement on co-operation Customs matters between India and Qatar. The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The Agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries. *Backgroun… more »

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Qatar for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Qatar for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. The main objectives of the MoU are: a) To create favourable conditions for long-term co-operation in the field of tourism for the mutual benefits. b) To exchange expertise, publications, information/data and statistics related to tourism. c) To encourage cooperation through the exchange of programmes, propaganda and advertising materials, publications, films, p… more »

Cabinet approves MSP for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season. The prices would be effective from 1.10.2016. The higher MSPs would increase investment and production through assured remunerative prices to farmers. The approved MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) which takes into account the cost of production, overall demand-supply, domestic and international prices, inter-crop price parity, terms of trade bet…more »

Cabinet approves Mau-Tarighat New Railway line project

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for a new broad gauge line between Mau Station of North Eastern Railway and Tarighat Terminal station of East Central Railway. The total length of this new broad gauge line will be 51 kilometers. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.1765.92 crore and expected completion cost is Rs.2109.07 crore with 5 percent escalation per annum. The project is likely to be completed in the next six years during 12th and 13th Plan period. This project will provide alternative, s… more »

Cabinet approves Procurement Quota to M/s. ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of Department of Telecommunications regarding continuation of reservation quota for M/s. ITI Limited in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL). The approval consists of the following: i. To continue the Reservation Quota policy for M/s. ITI Ltd. by reserving: a. 30% of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for M/s. ITI Ltd. for the products manufactured by it and for those outsourced items in which there is a min… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to visit ‘The Retreat’ in Mashobra near Shimla from June 2 to 6

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit ‘The Retreat’ in Mashobra near Shimla from June 2 to 6, 2016. On June 3, 2016, the President will address the Golden Jubilee Convocation of Indira Gandhi Medical College. On the same day, Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh will host a cultural programme and banquet in honour of the President. The President will host a reception for senior dignitaries of the State, Ministers, officials, journalists etc. on June 5, 2016. ‘The Retreat’ which is part of the President’s Estate, is located in a picturesque surrounding… more »